The maker generation

The generation currently finishing their education has great potential. However, their ability to realise their potential is being threatened. Though today’s young people are less likely to be taking drugs, committing crime and getting pregnant than prior generations, Britain has an adolescent mental health crisis. This stage of life is when people are particularly susceptible to the development of mental health issues, with most adult mental illness starting during adolescence. Our prosperity as a nation is dependent on the wellbeing of all its members. Furthermore, the journey of people out of poverty towards prosperity depends on ensuring this next generation emerges as a thriving cohort. Their employment prospects and collective contribution to society are dependent on their wellbeing. While many organisations are working on the ground to increase awareness, diagnosis and support for young people, the public policy debate is lagging behind these efforts. In response, this report intends to contribute to understanding young people and the challenges they face.

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