The Prince's Trust annual Youth Index shows how NEETs (Not in education or training) are significantly less happy across all areas of their lives. It gauges young people's well-being across a range of areas from family life to physical health.
The report reveals that while 27 per cent of young people in work feel down or depressed always or often, this increases to almost half (48 per cent) among NEETs.
More than one in five, or 22%, said they did not have someone to talk to about their problems while they were growing up, with Neets significantly less likely to have had someone to confide in
A frightening number of unemployed young people feel unable to cope - and it is particularly tough for those who don't have a support network in place. We know at The Princes Trust that it is often those from the most vulnerable backgrounds who end up furthest from the job market. Life can become a demoralising downward spiral - from a challenging childhood into life as a jobless adult. But, with the right support, we can help get these lives on track.
– Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Princes Trust