I was a 16-25 year old between the years 1963 and 1972. I had lived in a house rented from the Methodist church from the day I was born. At 16 I was The Breadwinner. We had no car, no phone, no bathroom, no inside toilet, and I had a stinking job in a tannery having left school at 16, that paid £4 per week. Meals were scraped from the seashore, mussels, cockles, mackerel in summer, cod in winter. We had an allotment too.
Now read this:
“TODAY’S young people are the unhappiest in almost a decade because they do not know how to cope with setbacks, research by the Prince’s Trust has found.
The charity, founded by the Prince of Wales, said worries about the future, money, and “not being good enough” were “piling up” on the minds of those aged 16-25. Its research found that happiness and confidence in emotional health had dropped to their lowest levels since 2009.
The charity’s research index rates young people’s emotional health by ranking happiness levels in areas such as work and relationships from 0 to 100.
In this year’s survey the overall average figure was 57, a four-point fall from the previous year and down from 70 when the study was first carried out. The percentage of young people who have revealed they regularly feel stressed, a Prince’s Trust survey has found is 61%.
Almost half of the young people said they did not feel they could cope well with setbacks in life. Financial worries were behind the issues experienced by many respondents, with one in three saying that being without a job would put their mental health at risk.
One in 10 said they had lost a job through redundancy or having a contract terminated or not renewed, or being fired, and 54 per cent said they were worried about their finances. Sixty-one per cent of young people said they regularly felt stressed, 53 per cent that they regularly felt anxious and 27 per cent said they felt hopeless on a regular basis.”
Now, I am NOT going to express an opinion on this piece of research for fear of causing offence! Or for fear of being reported for hate speech, but I would welcome any views on how these young people’s anxieties can be alleviated, or what I as a Baby Boomer can do to help? You see I did grow up in an environment of daily setbacks as my opening paragraph highlights, but …..