Health and vulnerability

Most young people in Sweden are in good emotional health. However, certain groups are more vulnerable than others.

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This is what we do

We work to find out how young people are feeling. Our reports show amongst other things that young LGBTQ persons experience lower levels of well-being than other young people, that over 70,000 youths are at risk of being married against their will and that many young people experience violence in the context of their everyday lives. Our reports also show how young people deal with sexual questions online. We provide training on the situation of young people and on prevention work for people who come into contact with young people in the context of their occupations.

Young people’s health

Most young people are in good emotional health. However, the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society’ follow-up of young people’s living conditions, Young today 2013, shows that the proportion experiencing emotional problems is not declining.

One in three females aged 16-24 state that they regularly experience problems due to worry or anxiety. Among males in the same age group, the corresponding figure is fourteen percent. The proportion of young people prescribed anti-depressant medications has increased continuously since 2006. In 2012, 7.8 percent of young women aged 20-24 and 4.2 percent of young men were prescribed anti-depressants.

The follow-up also shows that 40 percent of deaths among those aged 15-19 are the result of suicide, which is also true of 30 percent of deaths among those aged 20-24. Suicide is more common among boys and young men than it is among girls and young women.