Younger workers, greater depression: study

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2005

They’re supposed to be energetic and eager, fresh out of school and ready to take on the world. But young workers are actually more stressed and depressed than older workers, according to new research.

“Over the last three years we’ve seen a tremendous jump in anxiety rates among 20- to 29-year-old employees, and depression rates among employees under 20 years old are higher than in any other age group,” said Rod Phillips, president and CEO of employee assistance provider WarrenShepell.

Of those employees seeking assistance from WarrenShepell, more than 10 per cent of workers under 20 reported symptoms of depression, nearly twice the rate of those between 30 and 49.