Factors that affect the mental health of young adults

April 24, 2024
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In the Canadian province of Quebec, international students experience more pressure, less support for their mental health and tend to compare themselves more to their peer than domestic counterparts.

At the start of last year, 41.1% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety and depression as compared to 11% in Jan 2019 (1). There's no question that the pandemic is taking a toll on our mental health.What is especially troubling, however, is the impact it is having on the Gen Z and millennial generation. The same study found that adults aged 18-24 years old reported the highest symptoms of anxiety and depression (56.2%) compared to other age groups.

  • What are the various factors causing the increased vulnerability of this age bracket to poor mental health?
  • And what are the other contributing factors that help us paint a better picture of this demographic and what it means for the future of our workforce?

As the first social micro learning platform designed to prevent burnout, Nurau is dedicated to uncovering what is behind poor mental health at the workplace and designing preventative solutions targeting these factors. The R&D team at Nurau aims to gather data that ultimately drives the development of our own product as well as informs the decisions of other stakeholders in the field of mental health.In 2020, Nurau conducted a survey amongst 131 graduate students in Quebec as they are entering the workplace. We wanted to understand how they experienced pressure, competition, as well as support from their peers, family, friends, supervisor and institution. The results will be analyzed in four studies, each looking at the wellbeing landscape amongst graduate students from a different angle

There is little literature looking specifically at the local Quebec context, thus this study aims to shed more light on how broader mental health issues manifest themselves at a local level. It is only with localized data that we can develop targeted solutions.

This first paper looks at the data through a cultural lens and aims to answer these questions:

  • How do international and domestic students perceive their mental health similarly or differently?
  • How do their support networks and awareness of resources differ?

Interested about the subject and want to learn more about the future of the workplace and the role culture plays in the mental health of the next generation? Check out Nurau's first research paper here!



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