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Mental burdens

How do people feel on the inside?

We conducted a survey among 15–24 and 40+ year-olds across 21 countries to explore how childhood is changing.

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We asked both young and older people about their mental well-being. Take the quiz to see how they responded.

On average, what share of young people report feeling worried, anxious or nervous a lot?

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On average, just over a third of young people (36%) say they frequently experience worry, anxiety or nervousness.

That compares to 30% of older people.

But the generational split with anxiety isn't the same in all countries…

More 15–24 year-olds report often feeling worried, nervous or anxiousMore 40+ year-olds report often feeling worried, nervous or anxious

Younger generations are relatively more anxious in the USA…

…France…

and Germany.

Whereas older generations are relatively more anxious in Lebanon...

…Ukraine…

and Bangladesh.

On average, what share of young people say they often feel depressed or have little interest in doing things?

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On average, 19% of young people say they frequently feel depressed or have little interest in doing things.

That compares to 15% of older generations.

Mental burdens are more prevalent among some young people than others.

Which of these characteristics do you think is associated with frequently feeling anxious, nervous or worried among young people?

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% of young people who often feel anxious, nervous or worried

Young people aged 20-24 are more likely to report often feeling anxious, nervous or worried than those aged 15-19.

% of young people who often feel anxious, nervous or worried

Young people who have completed college are less likely to report feeling anxious, nervous or worried than those who haven't.

% of young people who often feel anxious, nervous or worried

Those who say they find it difficult to get by financially are more likely to report often feeling anxious, nervous or worried than those who say they're comfortable.

There is growing concern about the state of mental health among young people around the world. That concern is clearly justified.

What do you think can be done to improve young people's mental well-being?

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