Young brits have second to worst mental health wellbeing in the world

A worldwide survey has revealed that young British people are among the demographics most likely to suffer from poor mental health wellbeing.

The research, conducted by the Varkey Foundation, questioned more than 20,000 15-21 year-olds on the state of their anxieties, fears and emotions.

Out of the twenty major countries questioned, young people in the UK have the second lowest mental wellbeing – with only Japan ranking lower.

The study revealed that more than half of young Brits (54 per cent) said money was among their top three causes of anxiety, while just 15 per cent said they have good physical wellbeing, in that they get enough sleep, exercise regularly and devote enough time to rest and reflection.

In addition, just 57 per cent of those surveyed would actively describe themselves as “happy”, compared to Indonesia’s 90 per cent, Nigeria’s 78 per cent, and India’s 72 per cent.

It further found that 23 per cent more young Brits think the world is becoming a worse place, while 83 per cent list extremism and the rise of global terrorism as their largest cause of fear for the future.

Vikas Pota, chief executive of the Varkey Foundation, said: “The future is a worry for Generation Z. Of the young people we spoke to, 37 per cent think the world is becoming a worse place to live. The task of overcoming the most pressing global issues that previous generations have failed to solve will fall to them.”