Mental health in youth and young adults

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In an increasingly agile context, in tense flow, concentrated and focused on individual performance, mental health has become a major issue, because its implications are multiple, both in terms of morbidity and mortality: from depression to the attempt from suicide to burnout, both among young people, educated or not and active or not.

While 89% of students say they experience at least one period of stress in the year and suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds[1]how to protect yourself and get support to succeed in your studies, personal or professional life?

A public health issue that particularly concerns young people and students.

Depression is a public health issue and is the most frequently observed psychological manifestation in students. Its prevalence is much higher (30%) than in other populations. The issues are at the level of academic, university and professional success, but also around the quality of social relations.

The most common symptoms in young people are alternating negative and positive or neutral thoughts, as well as isolation.[2] It is not uncommon for a young person to seem integrated and surrounded when they feel isolated or bad in their thoughts.

However, studies require personal work in connection with skills and improvements in them, but also through group interactions (work, research, individual and collective presentations, physical and sports, cultural and associative activities, etc.). These are all subjects for which students may not feel confident and dwell on dark thoughts.

The first impact is the amplification of the lack of self-confidence “I’m not going to make it”, “it’s too difficult”… and withdrawal into oneself, social isolation (even with peers around, you feel This contributes to reinforcing negative ideas, depression and lack of self-confidence.

Stress is also a certain constant because the higher course is punctuated with high points in terms of thresholds and results, such as the partials (between December and January), the final exams (May-June), but also the entrance examinations and the periods of integration, which mark breaks with previous situations (leaving the family home or social context of the previous establishment). Regarding stress, 55% of students report having sleep problems, 33% of which are related to stress. The subjects are therefore intimately linked.

The top 3 reasons for stress relate to exams, studies, orientation, which is extremely self-centered on the success of studies. Indeed, students project very high stakes in their studies, their success and the outlets for realizing their dreams or ambitions.

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Young workers impacted at work (RPS)

Seen as “free electrons”, the young employees of Generation X are very sensitive to working conditions and everything that is peripheral to the position. The poor living conditions at work are a real explanation for the turnover of young employees, who do not compromise in this regard. While many of them experience a professional environment deemed “hostile and aggressive” (which studies recognize), more and more young people suffering from burnout are consulting. Most of them are young employees, between 22 and 35 years old. Burnout is emotional exhaustion, diminished personal involvement and a feeling of detachment and withdrawal from the environment.[3]. Why so early in professional life?

Working conditions are deteriorating for many employees and young people are no exception[4] as the DIRECCTE points out: “The low employment rate of young French people is partly the consequence of a late average age at the end of studies. Within a generation, it is the young people with the least qualifications who enter the labor market the earliest. Young working people under the age of 25 are therefore on average poorly qualified and struggle to find a job. Their integration into active life is marked by great instability and great precariousness. The precariousness is also found in terms of job sustainability with missions and seasonal jobs disguised as fixed-term contracts.

Acceptance of degraded working conditions[5] leads young people to early wear. Young employees, who do not have the necessary means to exercise their activity, compensate by working overtime and taking risks for their health.

In 2007, INRS in collaboration with Arts et Métiers ParisTech evaluated the social cost of stress in France at 1.9 to 3 billion euros.[6] and which would be below reality.

PSRs therefore have impacts on the health of young people, but also on businesses and the health system.

Counseling and Mental Health Resources and Networks

So how can we act to avoid falling into this anxiety-provoking spiral while taking into account the various surrounding and specific stress factors?

Many resources now make it possible to talk, exchange, share and, if necessary, to seek support or psychological support. The first being, and not insignificant, his entourage who can have a role of listening and advice which are intended to be more personalized. It can actually allow you to exteriorize, and do so more frequently. Fortunately, external structures and resources also make it possible to seek help or support depending on the personal or professional situation in which we find ourselves:

  • Whether you are a student or a young worker, it is possible to turn to dedicated health professionals (general practitioner, specialist in psychiatry or psychology, medico-psychological center (CMP) in the sector) for occasional or regular support. Listening lines and sites, as well as associations, allow you to benefit from active listening and advice from qualified personnel in the field of psychological support. You can find all the necessary information on the website of the Ministry of Health.
  • For students (university or enrolled in a higher education institution), university networks and SLAB (University Psychological Assistance) allow you to benefit from individual interviews with psychologists or psychotherapists to discuss their psychological difficulties, on a personal level or in connection with their studies. This service is generally free, however it is not available everywhere.

Universities and higher education establishments also set up preventive actions during the year for their students with the aim of informing them, raising their awareness and advising them on various health topics, including stress management and prevention of depressive episodes.

  • Finally, young working people also have the possibility of turning to occupational medicine organizations, in particular during medical visits. Indeed, employers have the obligation to provide medical monitoring for their employees, so it is an opportunity to share the difficulties related to stress, professional pressure, overwork to a specialized health professional. Concerned about the well-being of their employees, more and more companies are now setting up prevention in connection with their activity, and in particular psychological support intended to “live better” professionally.

Namely, a medical visit can also be caused by the employee himself, who will receive a summons from the occupational health service.

Mental health among young people and young adults has therefore become a real public health priority, which takes into account environmental factors and individual needs. Faced with this observation, many resources have been developed to meet these needs, whether you are a university student or a young professional. It is important to take into consideration the field/environment in which we operate, in order to be able, if necessary, to benefit from the most appropriate support possible.

Knowing the conditions of coverage of your complementary health guarantee allows you, if necessary, to plan for qualified support in mental health.

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[2] Psychosocial and cognitive analysis of mental health in first-year students: Validation of the Positive and Negative Thoughts Questionnaire and the Beck Depression Questionnaire: Effect of positive thoughts and psychosocial factors by Muaweah Alsaleh



[5] “The precarious destiny of young workers” Santé & Travail n° 083 – July 2013


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