Unemployment is not just having a dire effect on the career progression of young people, it is also impacting their mental health, it has been suggested.
A study by the Prince’s Trust has revealed that a fifth of unemployed young people in Britain believe they have “nothing to live for”, while 40 per cent have symptoms of mental illness.
Its findings were unveiled in its Youth Index 2014, which showed that almost a third of long-term unemployed young people have contemplated taking their own lives, while one in four have self-harmed.
Martina Milburn, chief executive of the charity, said: “Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people. Thousands wake up every day believing that life isn’t worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue. More than 440,000 young people are facing long-term unemployment, and it is these young people that urgently need our help.”
The report coincides with another piece of research conducted by Opinium and commissioned by Epson, which found that 20 per cent of Brits admit to calling in sick because of feeling depressed in winter.
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