Young people are increasingly experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness. Global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have exacerbated the rise of mental health problems in Europe. Renew Europe is pushing for a European Mental Health strategy and to get it right, we need your help!
Tell us about yourself!
First, we asked people to tell us a bit about their lives:
- Employment situation
How are you?
Then we asked respondents about their mental health.
It is clear from the results, that mental health is an important theme for our respondents and sadly many of our respondents seem to be struggling with mental health issues. Close to 60% of all respondents classify their mental health as 'not great' or 'poor'.
How is your mental health affecting you?
We asked people if they felt they could have accomplished more in life if they had not suffered from mental health issues. Over 70% of respondents answered 'yes' to this question.
We can also see that the accessibility of mental health services is an issue for many respondents. A majority of respondents indicate that mental health services in their country are not very accessible.
The main barriers to the right care are:
- Long waiting lists
- The cost of care
- Fear of being stigmatised
Impact global events
We know from other studies that Covid-19 had a big impact on the mental health of young people in Europe. Our survey confirms this. A majority of respondents also feel that the war in Ukraine had an impact on their mental health.
Role social media
Unsurprisingly, social media is considered an important factor in the worsening of mental health issues, but interestingly respondents also see a role for social media to help young people connect and find support.
What can Europe do?
Our respondents want to see more investment in:
- Affordable care
- Prevention in the workplace