‘Youth Barometer. Salud y Bienestar, presented by Fundación Mutua Madrileña and Fundación FAD Juventud, revealed last June that nearly 56% of young people admitted to experiencing some mental health problem in the past year, although nearly half of them did not seek professional help,
The study gathered the opinions of a total of 1,500 young residents in Spain, Between the ages of 15 and 29who have claimed They have a worse perception of their physical and mental health than they did five years ago.
The report suggests that two out of ten young people think their situation will improve in the future. Although 56% of them claim to feel depressed, Decreased interest in things or fear of the future or the risks of the present.
Another very worrying aspect is suicide. ‘Youth Barometer. Salud y Bienestar’ reveals that up to 35% of youth admitted to experiencing suicidal thoughts at least once or with some frequency in the past year, while 8.9 percent experienced them constantly or very frequently.
According to the experts who prepared the study, the crisis caused by the pandemic has given rise to negative attitudes among young people. One in three believe their situation will get worse in the future and 40 per cent say they will stay the same. Pessimism is more common in older boys and girls.
Before this panorama, Ecclesia analyzes with three teenage students This is the reason why mental disorders are skyrocketing in boys and girls of the same age group.
The protagonist of this discussion is Andrea (14 years old) third ESO student at the San Viator school; Marina(15 years old), Fourth ESO student at Nuestra Señora del Pilar and Martin (15 years old), Marina’s classmate.
“Everything has come in cascade”
Martin attributes this situation to the events he has experienced in recent years With the outbreak of the pandemic, which has been combined with other dramatic episodes such as the war in Ukraine, which has led to a new economic crisis, when we have barely overcome the previous one: “Everything has come in a cascade, and it spikes our stress levels. Furthermore, the resources we used to devote to combating this type of thing have been outnumbered by the more urgent things we have had to reduce”, he maintained.
“information saturation thanks to technology effects”
And it is that, unlike previous generations, today’s youth are more informed because of social networks. The saturation of information that can affect even young people, as Marina admits: “We are in an age where we worry more about things, but technology was not so present in our lives before, now we always use our mobile phones and social networks. Ways of communication have changed and It has had an impact”, he assured.
“It’s the tension of what’s to come for us in the future while it’s chaotic”
Andrea It goes further, and believes that these historical events such as Covid-19 or the war in Ukraine have inspired young people to open their eyes to the future that awaits them: “We see that our studies After, we will face a world in which it will be difficult for us to find work. The tension of what’s to come for us in the future when it’s chaotic, Everything is escalating, we don’t know how the war in Ukraine might progress, if there might be a third world war, if there might be more diseases that mutate, how climate change will affect… We see a bleak future.” THE GIRL IN THE ECCLESIA IS AWARE.
Faced with this bleak panorama painted by Andrea, Martin tries to clarify, remembering that problems occur in every historical period. However, it acknowledges that misinformation spread by tools such as social networks does not help social peace: “
The information you are giving may not be true. This may even escalate the situation, as you are contributing to misinformation.”