Mental health and employment greatest issues, ACT youth survey finds | “The perspective is still that young people are citizens in waiting, rather than citizens now.”
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A majority of young people in Canberra say they feel undervalued as part of the ACT community, a survey has found.
The Rate Canberra survey of more than 2000 people aged between 12 and 25 out by the Youth Coalition of the ACT also revealed access to mental health services and employment are among the key concerns of young people.
Thirty-eight per cent of those surveyed identified school and work as the issue most worrying in their lives, followed by stress at 37 per cent, anxiety at 30 per cent, with mental health and wellbeing and employment rounding out the top five at 24 and 21 per cent respectively.
The survey also revealed that while 85 per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds are studying at university and 13 per cent doing an apprenticeship or trade, only 48 per cent found their studies prepared them for employment.