Young people suffering significantly more from isolation, study finds

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Young people are suffering significantly more from loneliness than any other generation, a report claims today.

The study surveying 2,000 adults found nearly half of 18-24-year-olds said they often felt lonely, compared to a quarter of those aged over 65, despite many younger people being connected by social networks.

It also found a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds said they had suffered from anxiety in the last year compared to 11 per cent of pensioners. Two in five younger people said they had suffered stress compared to one in five pensioners.

Younger people blamed study pressures for anxiety and stress the most, ahead of money worries and relationship difficulties.

But the survey found a third of younger people would be too embarrassed to tell someone if they had mental health problems.

Doug Wright, medical director at York-based Aviva, said: “Community-based mental health services have often been difficult to access and media reports also suggest funding for young people’s mental health services have been cut, which only adds to concerns our younger generation are in danger of not fulfilling their potential in their adult lives.”

A second study today from the Mental Health Foundation finds levels of anxiety among Britons rising, with one in five said to be anxious a lot or all of the time. Money problems are cited as the chief cause. Charity chief executive Jenny Edwards said despite being one of the country’s commonest mental health problems, anxiety was “under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated”.

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