PRESSURE to succeed has left six in 10 young adults feeling “unable to cope”, a survey shows.

Work for the Mental Health Foundation found 60% of 18-24-year-olds said stress left them feeling “over-whelmed” and more than 30% said they had experienced suicidal feelings because of stress.

The study was carried out by YouGov to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and is published in a new report by the Mental Health Foundation published today.

Calling for measures to be taken in schools, Mental Health Foundation director Isabella Goldie said: “It’s time for the health and wellbeing strand of Curriculum for Excellence to be taken just as seriously as literacy and numeracy – and for teachers to be given the training and confidence to explore mental health in our classrooms.”

The news comes as the Scottish Government and mental health stigma project See Me encourage Scots to take part in the “biggest conversation” the country has had on the subject.

The public are asked to share their experiences and views.

Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt said: “More and more people are recognising the importance of caring for our mental health as we would our physical health, and we want everyone to have their say.”