Half of 18 to 29 year olds hav...


Half of 18 to 29 year olds have low mental well being due to housing and financial concerns

Kellie Murphy
Kellie Murphy

01:17 16 Apr 2024

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Half of 18 to 29 year-olds have low mental well-being, due to housing and financial concerns.

A report from the National Youth Council has found 48 per cent of young people are dissatisfied with their current housing situation.

44 per cent, meanwhile, feel financially worse off than the previous year, and over one in five have skipped meals due to cost.

John is a member of the Youth Council, and says these issues are taking a toll on the mental health of those around him:

"When there's this financial burden looming over you, it's very hard to live your life the way that you had thought you would. And we talk about anxiety about the future and anxiety about finances and everything. Anxiety is just survival fear at its lowest form and I think that's what a lot of young people are experiencing, when they think, you know, am I going to have enough money to pay my rent this month, I have till my pay comes into to eat more food."

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