MORE than one in five young people in the North East have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment, a new report warns.
The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index said young people who are long-term unemployed are more than twice as likely as their peers to believe they have nothing to live for.
Jonathan Townsend, northern regional director of The Prince’s Trust, 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.
“Our research highlights that unemployed young people are significantly less likely to ask for help if they are struggling to cope.
“Our message to them is this: organisations like The Prince’s Trust are supporting young people like you every day, helping them back into work, education or training.
“You are not alone and you need not struggle alone.”
The Prince’s Trust is now calling for urgent support from the Government, health agencies and employers to fund its work with long-term unemployed young people battling mental health issues.