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7. Health and Well-Being

7.1 General context

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  1. Main trends in the health conditions of young people
  2. Main concepts

Main trends in the health conditions of young people

According to the Youth Barometer 2015, young people seem to be merely satisfied with their health. However, although the majority of young people are doing well, there is a minority whose well-being is significantly worse than that of their peers. Health inequalities are strongly related to this. In 2019, this still seems to be the case. According to the ‘Child’s Time: Towards a National Strategy for Children 2040‘, one of the reasons to start preparations for a national strategy for children are the existing inequalities among children and young people. Although many of them are doing better than ever before, problems are accumulate. (For more information, see: ‘Child’s Time: Towards a National Strategy for Children 2040‘ and ‘Enabling growth, learning and inclusion for all‘ )

Young people’s well-being is connected to their parents’ well-being as well. Life satisfaction is poor among those who are not in education or employment. The results differ considerably from the core sample in the Youth Barometer and the difference is particularly wide in terms of mental health and financial circumstances. (For more information, visit: The Finnish Youth Research Network together with outreach youth workers examined: Surprised by the depth of ill-being among NEET youth5.12.2017; see more about the study on-going 2018-2019).

Reducing health inequalities is one of the cornerstones of health promotion in Finland, and this is also specified in the objectives of the Health Care Act.

Based on the information offered by Statistics Finland, suicide is one of the main causes of death among young people. Young people’s suicide mortality is relatively high by European standards. In 2017, 179 young people between the age of 15 and 29 committed suicide (134 males, 45 females). For more information, visit: Statistics Finland

Drinking and regular smoking among young people has decreased quite rapidly in Finland in recent years. Young women still drink slightly less than young men, but the difference is smaller than it has been in previous years. Those young people whose own alcohol use has affected their relationships and health have often grown up in a home where alcohol abuse was a problem (Youth Barometer 2015).

Main concepts

There are no specific concepts relating to well-being and health that would differ from those in the common European discussion.