UK ranked second only to Japan for young people’s poor mental wellbeing

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International survey ranks UK 19th out of 20 countries for wellbeing, amongst young people aged 15-21, below Israel, Turkey, Russia and China.

The study looked at the views and expectations of the so-called Generation Z, born in the years around the new millennium, based on a survey of more than 20,000 people in countries including the UK, the United States. France, Germany, India, China and Argentina.

The young people list money, getting on in life and the rise of terrorism among their greatest concerns, according to an international survey of 20,000 youngsters. It also suggested that there was no clear link between material wellbeing and mental health.

Indonesia, India and Nigeria scored highest on the wellbeing scale, with scores of 56.2, 54.4 and 53.9 respectively (the highest possible score being 70), whereas Japan scored the lowest at 41.3, followed by the UK (47.3), New Zealand (47.6) and Australia (47.9).

Just 15% of UK youngsters surveyed felt they had good physical wellbeing, measured by regular exercise, sufficient sleep and time for rest and reflection – which was comparable with France (14%) but lower than most countries including Germany (21%), Italy (21%) and Nigeria, which scored highest at 41%.

The report was compiled by the Varkey Foundation education charity and used the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing measure, which asks respondents whether they feel optimistic, confident, loved, and interested in other people. The results found a significantly greater sense of wellbeing among young people in emerging economies compared to those in Europe, North America and Australasia.

This article was adapted from The Guardian and BBC news.

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