Young people are our future, so it is important that they are and remain mentally healthy. Unfortunately, one in five young adults suffers from mental problems.
These often arise during impactful periods in their lives, such as the transition from secondary school to college, or from college to their first job. An increasingly fast and complex society, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digitalization of school and work and climate issues play an important role in this.
Within the Stress & Mental Health mission programme, we want to make young adults more resilient to stress in order to keep them mentally healthy. We specifically take diversity and socio-economic inequality into account.
- Identify individual risk factors that make some young people more vulnerable to mental problems – for example, certain personality traits or coping mechanisms.
- Identify environment-related risk factors, such as stressful situations at school or work, or lack of safety in the neighborhood.
- Provide young people more insight, grip and control in dealing with stress and mental health in a way that everyone can understand. We make use of technology, such as e-mental health platforms or apps.
- Develop interventions and provide advice to schools, employers and municipalities that specifically target risk factors identified within this program.
- If proven successful, translate this approach to other risk groups across the life course.
The program is led by research groups at Radboudumc and Radboud University.