Region’s teenagers depressed

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A QUARTER of young people in the North East feel down or depressed, according to a charity study.

The fourth annual Youth Index report from the Prince’s Trust, which gauges how young people feel about their lives, also revealed that a tenth did not have a daily structure, such as set meal and bed times.

The charity said the result of this is the youngsters have lower self confidence and also struggle to cope at school.

David Beavis, regional director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “We know from our work with young people in the North East that the absence of structure in a young life can have a devastating impact.

“Without the right support, directionless teenagers can become lost young adults – unconfident, under-qualified and unemployed.”