UK: Young People Too Mentally Ill to Work

These kids are a bunch of whackjobs, okay?

They can’t work.

They’re too insane. If they had to work, they would just end up killing everyone.


Mental health issues are keeping Britain’s younger population out of work at record levels, at a time when the country struggles with a worsening economic crisis, Bloomberg reports, citing official data.

According to data compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the country’s young working age people are suffering from long-term health issues that are keeping them out of work at increasingly alarming rates.

The ONS report shows there was a 29% increase in 16-24-year-olds citing long-term sickness as a reason for being economically inactive, and a 42% jump among people aged 25-34 who said the same. The data was reported for the second quarter of 2022, compared to the same period before the pandemic.

The report indicates that the youngest workers have been facing a recession and wages that fail to keep up with double-digit inflation.

Work-related stress was listed as the “biggest driver” of inactivity among 50-54-year-olds. Statistics show that overall mental health issues account for a total of around 600,000 economically inactive people across all age groups, a 10% increase on pre-pandemic figures.

According to Louise Murphy, an economist at the Resolution Foundation, health among the younger UK generation was already deteriorating “quite dramatically” before the pandemic. But the issue has become more acute since, she said.

NHS Digital data shows that one-in-four 17-19-year-olds in Britain have had a probable mental disorder last year, up from one-in-six in 2021.

While it’s perfectly understandable that they are too mentally ill to work, let’s hope they’re not too mentally ill to go fight Russia in a world war.

Because that is something they will need to do.

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