Fears for the mental health of young people in Britain
- 02 Jan
A poll by YouGov has revealed that two in five young people have suffered suicidal thoughts, self-loathing and panic attacks due to unemployment.
A large number of young people have been found to feel they have nothing to live for, with many who have been unemployed for a long period of time feeling pessimistic about their prospects.
This has come from a YouGov poll for the Prince's Trust Macquaire Youth Index, which reports that 40% of jobless people have experienced symptoms of mental illness. These include suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks due to their unemployment, reports the Guardian.
9% of those polled have said that they didn't "have anything to live for". When applying this statistic to the population as a whole it equates to 750,000 people aged between 16 and 25 say the Prince's Trust.
Paul Brown, Prince's Trust director, said: "We need to recognise that unemployment doesn't just lead to economic disadvantage for young people but can scar them. There are a very large number of people still unemployed, lacking all hope for the future. We have a duty to make sure there's something to look forward to."
There are over 900,000 unemployed people aged 16 to 24 in Britain and the Prince's Trust believes that over 440,000 of them face long-term unemployment.
Mr Brown has said that the government, private sector and charities have all got a responsibility to work together to ensure young and vulnerable people are not left behind as the economy recovered.
The Prince's Trust has said that it will support 58,000 disadvantaged young people this year and three in four young people supported by the charity moved into work, education or training.
One in three people of the long-term unemployed said they had contemplated suicide and one in four said they had self-harmed. The survey also found that three quarters of young unemployed people said they wouldn't ask for help if they were struggling to cope, compared to 56% of all young people.
Of the people polled 281 were not in employment, education or training and 166 had been unemployed for six months or more.
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