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Half of young people 'worried for future'

Many young people in Wales feel 'their lives are going backwards' Credit: PA

A report has found half of young people in Wales are worried for the future, sparking mental health concerns.

The Young Women's Trust revealed the findings that show Brexit, money worries and the cost of housing are the main causes of anxiety while financial pressures are particularly affecting young women.

More young people in Wales than in any other area surveyed report being "filled with dread" when thinking about their household finances.

The survey also showed many young people feel like their lives are going backwards. When asked about their situation now compared to this time last year:

  • a quarter of young women and a fifth of young men say their financial situation has got worse
  • one in four say their level of debt has got worse
  • nearly a third say opportunities for young people have got worse
  • a quarter say their mental health has got worse
  • 41 per cent said it was a real struggle to make their cash last until the end of the month, compared to 28 per cent of young men

Young Women's Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

The traditional stereotype of youthful swagger and optimism seems to have been replaced by worry and anxiety. Perhaps this is not surprising given that young people are facing serious financial troubles and uncertainty about their future.

Low pay, insecure work and housing pressures are leaving young people struggling to make ends meet, which is having a terrible impact on their mental health.

We are used to each generation having more opportunities than the last, but there is a feeling now that things are going backwards. These are very worrying times for young people - especially young women, who are hardest hit.

– Young Women's Trust, Dr Carole Easton OBE

The 'Worrying Times' report, was based on 4,000 18-30 year-olds.