Latest Roy Morgan research on rising youth unemployment shows link to depression, anxiety and stress

Roy Morgan has released their latest research into the rise of youth unemployment and what they see as a connection to mental health issues in young Australians.

 From 2010 to 2014, the number of young job seekers had nearly doubled and the added stress to find a job but also get their careers started were impacting their mental health.  The report found of those 18-24 year olds looking for work last year, 28% were found to have anxiety and over 41% were affected by stress.

Angela Smith, Group Account Director, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“The rise of youth unemployment in Australia is a huge source of concern, and the Federal Government needs to address it before it gets any more widespread.


“At this critical stage of a young person’s life and career, the failure to find a job can have serious implications on their self-esteem and general mental health. It is no coincidence that stress, anxiety, depression and even panic attacks have sky-rocketed in incidence over the past five years among 18-24 year olds as unemployment rises.


 “While these mental health conditions are affecting more Aussies of all ages, young Australians are being hardest hit. While 14.5% of the population were affected by depression last year, this shot up to one quarter of young job-seekers. Not only is this sad, it puts more pressure on our already stretched healthcare system.” 

For more information on the research, please contact Vaishali Nagaratnam via email at Roy Morgan or click here.