Knowing the facts around injury rates, your rights at work, and types of support services can mean the difference between a rough start and a smooth one (so don’t brain dump all of the below!).
- In the three years between 2011/12 and 2013/14, over 45,000 young workers aged between 15 and 24 years old were hurt at work in NSW.
- For 15-19 year olds injury rates could be six times higher because young workers often don’t report work injuries.
- 18-24 year olds have a higher prevalence of mental illness than any other age group.
If you’re going to get a lifelong mental illness, 50% of illnesses will start before 14 years of age.
- When you’re young (up to your mid-20s), your still-developing brain means you’re also more vulnerable to mental illness.
- If you get injured at work the likelihood of mental illness increases.
- Here’s another downer: young people are also at a higher risk of getting hurt at work.