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Young adults suffering anxiety overload

5th October 2009

The Rethink charity has warned that many young people in the UK are experiencing anxiety and stress on a regular basis.

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The results of a YouGov survey showed that 66% of young adults aged between 18-24 said they felt anxious or stressed "at least once a week".

The poll of 2,000 people included 250 respondents who were between the ages of 18 to 24. Of this number, almost one third (31%) reported that they did not speak to anyone about the way they were feeling.

The survey also showed that 33% of young female respondents said they experienced stress or anxiety "most days or every day".

Young women reported the most anxiety, with one in three feeling worried on a regular basis, in comparison to one in 10 young men.

45% of the respondents said financial concerns caused them to worry, while 33% said employment issues made them worry. 29% said they were anxious about school or university.

James Gorman, Rethink National Young Persons' Programme Manager, said young adults faced "huge" pressures.

"With the number of young people not in education or employment rising, it's no wonder many are feeling the strain."

"It is extremely important that we teach young people strategies for coping with stress and protecting their mental health," he added.

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Annie Lawler

Wednesday 7th October 2009 @ 16:09

There certainly are pressures on young people to achieve and the risk of unemployment is certainly high. However unhealthy diets and over-exposure to negative fear-based entertainments, reading and media can also affect anxiety levels signiicantly.

What could I do, as a stress management specialist, to help and how could these young people get access to my products, services, free newsletters, recordings to ease exam nerves and much more?

I'd be grateful for any advice as I'm keen to help and have tools and strategies that work and make life a whole lot easier.

Annie Lawler
Breathing Space Therapies
0772 581 8884
annie@breathingspacetherapies.com


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