Call to help unemployed youngsters feeling 'hopeless'

Jobless youngsters are facing "devastating" symptoms of mental illness, often self-harming or even contemplating suicide, new research has revealed.

Woman looking into the window of a job centre as unemployed young people want to be in work or education Credit: PA

A study for The Prince's Trust found that long-term unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds are twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants, and believe they have nothing to live for.

More than 2,000 young people were surveyed, with 40% of those who were out of work saying they faced symptoms of mental illness.