New research commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week has revealed worrying trends regarding the mental health of young people as they prepare for life after the pandemic, according to employment consultants ERICA.
With many people being furloughed and facing redundancy due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, the vast majority of Gen Zers are worried about their future work with three-quarters (74%) believing their dream careers are now massively at risk.
As a result, since the outbreak of Coronavirus and introduction of lockdown measures globally, more than half of respondents (55%) admitted that they have been struggling with their mental health during this period.
Three-quarters of all unemployed Gen Zers said they feel the pressure to find any job, ignoring these mental health concerns.
This is predicted to be exacerbated after the lockdown with 60% of under 25-year-olds stating they will neglect their own happiness and job satisfaction to remain in a role for fear of not finding another role, and one in two going further, admitting they would hide mental health issues from their boss for risk of being let go.
An example of an individual currently struggling is Betty, an 18-year-old student from London, who said:
“I am very uncertain about being able to apply to university or drama schools next year. While remote working is interesting, I don’t think I benefit from it as much as being in college, especially as I’m studying photography and music.
“I don’t have access to all the equipment that I really do need, which makes me more nervous about how these A-level grades are going to affect me. My biggest concern right now about my career is that I won’t be able to get the experience that I need to be able to apply to the courses that I want.”
On the research findings, Mae Yip, co-founder at ERICA, added:
“These worrying statistics are the frightening reality of the pressures currently facing our youngest working generation. They feel the need to ignore the challenges they’re personally facing to make themselves appealing in the jobs market, in a sad indictment of the industry.
“Everyone is finding the current situation incredibly difficult, but business leaders must make efforts to help support young people in work, ensuring they’re helping their future stars at a pivotal moment in not just their careers but their lives.”
If you are struggling with your mental health at this current time, you can find a list of resources available via our help page here. Alternatively, House of Self is offering low-cost online counselling and supported chats to help you navigate this uncertain time.