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Young Britons ‘Feel They Have Nothing to Live For’
Posted on Jan 2, 2014
A study for the Prince’s Trust charity reports that almost a third of long-term unemployed people have contemplated killing themselves and that “urgent action must be taken to prevent the young jobless from becoming the young hopeless,” the BBC reports.
The news site continues:
Long-term unemployed young people were more than twice as likely as others their age to have been prescribed anti-depressants. One in four said they had hurt themselves in the course of their depression. Those showing “symptoms of mental illness, including suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks, as a direct result of unemployment” counted for 40 percent, the BBC said.
Three-quarters of those studied did not have someone to confide in.
Martina Milburn, chief executive 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.
“More than 440,000 young people are facing long-term unemployment, and it is these young people that urgently need our help.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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