Why Focus on Young Adults

GROW in Ireland believes that everyone is of equal value regardless of age. However, there is a specific need to provide resources and help for young adults. Below is some data courtesy of Headstrong.ie, the national centre for youth mental health.

  • 20% of adolescents and young adults experience serious emotional distress with only a tiny minority coming into contact with any form of helping agency. Vital opportunities for early intervention are being missed
  • Three-quarters of Irish adults with a history of mental illness had clear signs of being in crisis when they were 18 years old
  • Suicide is now the leading cause of death in young Irish men, aged 15-24. More than a quarter (26%) of all deaths by suicide between 2000 and 2004 occurred in young adults in their 20s. According to the World Health Organisation, Ireland has the fourth highest rate of suicide in the EU in the 15 to 24 age group
  • The highest percentage of first admissions to Irish psychiatric in-patient facilities in Ireland in 2005 was in the 20-24 year old age group