EDITORIAL

We are told New Zealand's first online generation is struggling to cope in a world of insecure work prospects and unattainable housing.

One young adult in every five, according to a recent report, has sought mental health treatment in the past year. The Competent Learner study followed a group of young people born in Wellington in 1988-89 and found 19 per cent "thought about or attempted suicide" in the year before they were last interviewed in 2014-15, aged 26.

Twenty-two per cent, or one in five, sought help for a mental health problem in the past year.

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It is tempting, especially for those who have endured the rise of terrorism or having their jobs taken by recessions, to answer such pleas for help with a proffered can of 'harden-up'.

It wasn't

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