More people in early 20s out of work from ill health than early 40s

A report by the Resolution Foundation highlights a concerning trend: people in their early 20s are more likely to be out of work due to ill health compared to those in their early 40s, marking a significant departure from the past. Poor mental health among young individuals is increasing, affecting their education and employment prospects. The report reveals that young people now have the poorest mental health of any age group, with a substantial rise in symptoms of mental disorders over the past two decades. More attention is needed on mental health support, particularly in colleges and sixth forms, to prevent a “lost generation” due to poor mental health. The study calls for cross-government action to address this crisis.

How can society better support young people’s mental health and improve their education and employment outcomes?


First and foremost, increasing access to mental health support services is paramount. This includes providing easily accessible counseling services in educational institutions such as colleges and sixth forms, as well as ensuring timely and affordable access to mental health professionals for young people in need.

Furthermore, destigmatizing mental health issues is crucial to encourage young individuals to seek help without fear of judgment or discrimination. Educating both students and educators about mental health, fostering open discussions, and promoting awareness campaigns can all contribute to creating a supportive environment where seeking help for mental health concerns is seen as a proactive and courageous step.


This is concerning to hear. It’s essential to raise awareness and discuss potential solutions to address this growing issue.


It’s alarming to see the growing impact of poor mental health on young individuals, affecting their education and job prospects. I think that addressing this crisis definitely requires a comprehensive approach that includes increased mental health support in educational institutions, early intervention programmes, destigmatisation efforts, and accessible resources for young people to seek help.

I think that creating a supportive environment where mental health is prioritised and openly discussed can empower young individuals to seek assistance and navigate challenges more effectively.


I feel like there should be less pressure on younger people in terms of career choices (as if having to known what to do straight after high-school/university) and desirable grades. The pressure to conform to high standards is insanely unhealthy :smiling_face_with_tear: