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Mental health and its impact on young workers

Across the EU, young workers, particularly those entering the labor market, face major employment challenges. The high unemployment rate and poor working conditions of young people have added new negative dimensions to the traditional problems of access to work for this population group.

The World Health Organization listed burnout as a disease, including a chronic work-stress syndrome, in its latest guidelines that has not been successfully managed. Burnout isn’t a bad week or two at the office, it’s long-term stress that has gone uncontrolled, either by the individual or their employer. So it does not bode well that young workers are the most likely to suffer from poor mental well-being at work.

The alarming statistic of young workers’ mental health.

According to a survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, in the past decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the number one reason college students seek counseling. COVID didn’t help.

In its annual student survey, the American College Health Association found a significant increase — 62% in 2016 versus 50% in 2011 — in students reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year, the Protocol reports.

Since 2009, the Center for Collegiate Mental Health has warned of a rise in mental illness among college students. According to a study of millennials by the National Institute of Mental Health, 35% of them suffer from an anxiety disorder before the age of 18, 25% from substance abuse and 20% from a behavioral disorder. These young men and women have already entered the workforce or are about to do so.

Impact of psychosocial risks on mental health.

Exposure to psychosocial risks can have adverse mental health effects. This can lead to :

Feelings of isolation.Loss of confidence and withdrawal.Depression.Anxiety.Burnout.Substance use or abuse.Suicidal thoughts and behavior.PTSD.Stress.Financial loss or economic disadvantage.

To create a mentally healthy workplace:

Positive work-related factors should be encouraged and encouraged, including regular positive communication and teams. MSNBC News Workload must be manageable and employees must have appropriate decision-making authority over how they carry out their duties. Employees must have the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their work. Roles need to be clear – employees do their job and know who they are accountable to. Mental health risks should be identified and addressed in the same way as physical risks to young employees’ stress, by ensuring they take regular breaks. View a contact list for a a range of help and support services prominently displayed in the workplace.

If work is having a negative impact on mental health, it’s important to talk about it and seek support early. You can do this by telling someone you trust, e.g. B. a friend, colleague, parent or guardian, supervisor or occupational health and safety officer.

You can also make an appointment with a doctor for help. The Young Workers Center also offers advice and help with all questions.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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