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In a massive reversal of trends of the past, people in their early 20s are more likely to be out of work than those in their early 40s due to ill health according to the Resolution Foundation. A big rise in mental health issues for younger people is one of the largest factors driving the change, as it impacts on their education and their ability to obtain higher paying jobs.

In a complete turnaround from two decades ago, people in their 20s are the group most likely to have the highest instance of common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, whereas previously they were the least likely. In 2000, 24% of 18 to 24 year olds showed signed of mental issues, whilst in 2021/22 that has jumped to 34%.

Social media, proportional funding cuts and the COVID lockdowns have all been given as factors affecting the younger group more that other age groups.