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For the fourth successive year, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) commissioned a Stress and Wellbeing Survey of the Australian adult population.

Key findings for young adults

  • Depression & anxiety: Young adults (18-25) reported highest levels of depression & anxiety of all age categories.
  • Stressed & distressed: Young people are more stressed & distressed compared to older Australians.
  • Wellbeing: Young people have one of the country’s lowest levels of wellbeing.
  • Biggest worries for young people: Money (58%), Family (49%) and Staying healthy (49%).
  • De-stressing: Music is how most young Australians relax.
  • Stress and physical health: 80% of young people said that current stress was impacting their physical health, and 22% said stress was having a strong to very strong impact on physical health.
  • Stress and mental health: 78% of young people said stress was impacting their mental health, and 26% said that their current stress was having a strong to very strong impact on mental health.
  • Getting help: Young people are more likely to report concern about mental health issues than older Australians (30%).
  • Staying healthy: 74% of young people say it’s important or extremely important to stay healthy and 85% had tried to stay healthy over the previous 12 months. 67% said they were doing a good to excellent job of staying healthy. 96% said they tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle because it is the right thing to do and they feel better about themselves (96%), helps to reduce stress (92%) and makes them more attractive (88%).
  • Barriers to young people staying healthy: Loss of motivation (72%), lack of time (72%) and too expensive (71%).
  • Being positive: Young people (26-35) are significantly more likely than the rest of the population to have a specific plan for changing one’s lifestyle (78%), which helped them to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the past 12 months. They were also significantly more likely than the older Australians to report the strategies of changing mindset about healthy and unhealthy behaviours (84%) and setting personal goals (84%) had helped.

For more information please go to APS website. 

© 2015 The Australian Psychological Society

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