For our fourth day of Mental Health Awareness week, we're looking at how young people are affected by mental health issues.
A report by the Princes Trust showed that 17 per cent of young people in the North West experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment.
- In the UK, there are 1 million young people struggling to find a job
- Of those 40% have had symptoms of mental illness, that's 400,000 young people
- 1-in-3 of long term young unemployed people have contemplated suicide
Steve was unemployed for eight years and developed mental health issues during this time.
He found help from the Prince's Trust and now works to help other young people who face unemployment.
– Steve, The Prince's Trust
"I was unemployed for eight years, and suffered from depression and anxiety on a daily basis. Being out of work knocked my confidence and made me feel like a failure. I felt I had nothing to offer, so I couldn’t see why anyone would ever want to employ me. The longer I was unemployed, the worse I felt about myself. Things got so bad that I rarely left the house."
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