Gariepy, G. et al. (2019)
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(5): 338

About 10% of Canadian youth (15-29) are not in education, employment, or training (aka “NEET”). According to the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey, individuals experiencing depression are twice as likely to be NEET, and anxious people are 2.5 times more likely to be NEET. Although there’s no association with cannabis or alcohol, other drug dependence demonstrated 3 times the likelihood of being NEET. The study found that NEETs are more likely to have chronic health problems and neurodevelopmental disorders by a factor of two. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Previous research has shown this relationship to be bidirectional: having a mental illness affects one’s ability to work and thrive and deal with stress. However, being NEET affects financial, social, and life opportunities, which leads to discouragement, disengagement, and mental health problems. Interventions helping youth seek educational and employment reintegration can help prevent the downward spiral. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Geriepy, G., Iyer, S. (2018). The mental health of young Canadians who are not working or in school. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(5), 338-344. doi:10.1177/0706743718815899