Why more Canadian millennials than ever are at ‘high risk’ of mental health issues

Posted on May 4th, 2017

You know their predicament: student debt, shaky employment and housing prices that are out of reach. Millennials have their share of life’s worries, and it’s taking a toll on their mental health.

A staggering 63 per cent of Canadian millennials are at “high risk” for mental health issues, according to a new Ipsos report released exclusively to Global News.

It’s the third year the pollsters zeroed in on their Mental Health Risk Index and the report’s release marks the start of Mental Health Week.

While there are other vulnerable segments of Canadians, it’s this age group that stood out as the hardest hit by mental health woes, the pollsters say. Last year, 56 per cent of millennials fell into the “high-risk” classification while in 2015, only 53 per cent did.

“We saw that a proportion of Canadians at high risk increased overall but really there’s this chunk of millennials feeling the weight on their shoulders,” Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president at the polling firm’s Health Research Institute, told Global News.

The reason why may be due to a number of factors…

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