One in three youth between the ages of 15 and 29 have had suicidal thoughts and more than half say they have experienced psychological or mental problems in the past year.


‘Youth barometer. The Fundación Mutua Madrilea and the Fundación FAD Juventud’s Salud y Bienstar provide data on mental health with interviews with over 1500 people. Half of those who admitted to having a problem did not seek professional help.

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15 and 29. more than half of the Spaniards among Years claim to have suffered psychological or mental problems in the past year. 24.9% have used psychotropic drugs in the past year and one in three boys and girls (35.4%) have experienced suicidal thoughts. This is the grim picture of the mental health of youth that draws them Youth Barometer. health and wellness who made Matua Madrid Foundation and FAD Foundation Young people interviewed over 1,500 people. Half of those who admitted to having a problem did not seek professional help.

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Young Spaniards’ perceptions of their physical and mental health are worse than they were five years ago. A decline that was already seen in 2019 and the pandemic situation was only protracted. Eight in ten youth aged 15 to 29 admit to having experienced symptoms of emotional distress during the previous year. Most often were: feeling depressed, less interested in working, and trouble concentrating, By gender, women reported feeling sad, decadent or hopeless about 20 percentage points more than men (women 66.3% versus men 47.6%).

Regarding self-diagnosis that young people do, 56.4% Say you have suffered from psychological, mental or mental health problems in the past 12 months, However, almost half of them (49%) citing mainly economic reasons (37.3%) and overestimating or underestimating the problem, thinking they could solve it on their own (34%) , did not ask for professional help.

36.2% said they had ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder by a health professional. occur most often Depression and anxiety disorders, panic or phobiasDepression is most frequent in the oldest group between the ages of 25 and 29.

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In this state of despair, the risk of suicide increases and this is one of the most surprising figures from the survey. One in three boys and girls (35.4%) have experienced suicidal thoughts at least once in the previous year or with some frequency and a 8.9% have experienced them consistently or very frequently,

Another particularly worrying fact, there has been a significant increase in the percentage among adolescents. In 2019, suicidal ideation was the lowest (5.5%) among boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 19, but the figure rose to 12.3% in 2021. “This increase in adolescents is particularly worrying, Everything indicates that the young population is the one who suffers the most from the effects of the pandemic on their mental health”, said Lorenzo Kuklin, general director of the Mutua Madrilia Foundation.

The use of drugs without a prescription is widespread among Spanish youth. Thus, more than half of the youth (53.7%) have taken drugs without a prescription In the last year. Of these, 15% take the drug systemically (daily, several times a week, or once a week) without a prescription. According to gender and age, the proportion of older men who adopt this practice is somewhat higher.

When asked about the problems of their generation that worries them the most, the youth mentions Job insecurity, unemployment and low wages, The crisis caused by the pandemic also means that their outlook on the future is not optimistic and only two out of ten (21.4%) think these problems will improve in the future. In fact, one in three (32.3%) believe they will get worse and 40% believe they will stay the same.

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