– EN Fitness & Wellbeing – Nine in 10 young people are concerned about their mental health, with more than 50 per cent admitting that they are struggling, new research has found.
The study, which was conducted by experts at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, sampled over 2,000 people aged between 13 and 24 from across the United States.
The singer, real name Stefani Germanotta, launched the foundation in 2012 following the release of her hit song of the same name, with an aim to empower and support teens and young adults.
Other findings showed that 55 per cent of participants suggested that they felt stressed, while one third confessed to feeling sad and/or anxious.
Reflecting on the shocking results, Cynthia Germanotta, Gaga’s mother and co-founder of the foundation, made an urgent call for change.
“This survey is a clear and urgent demonstration that young people care about their mental health, but they are struggling,” she said. “They want to learn skills, access tools, and find services that would help them cope with the very real challenges they face but don’t know where to turn – and that has to change.”
Researchers also found that figures spiked among LGBT+ participants, who noticeably suffered more heightened symptoms than their heterosexual peers.
Germanotta went on to stress the need for medical facilities, after almost half of those surveyed admitted to feeling unsupported.
“Young people need and deserve resources that can not only help them navigate potentially life-threatening situations, but can help them address mental health challenges before they become crises,” she affirmed. “We can and must do more to bridge this gap and equip young people with the supports they need to live healthy, thriving lives.”