Young people hit by depression

Figures released today by The Prince's Trust show one in ten young people in the North East feel unable to cope with life, and nearly a quarter of the region's teenagers regularly feel down.

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More than 1 in 10 young people in the North East feel unable to cope

More than one in 10 young people (11 per cent )in the North East feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life, warns a new report out today.

The Prince's Trust Youth Index reveals that young people not in employment, education or training are significantly more likely to feel unable to cope than their peers.

The report - based on interviews with 2,136 16-to-25-year-olds across the UK - also shows how almost one in five young people (18 per cent) living in the region did not have someone to talk to about their problems while they were growing up.

"We know at The Prince's 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 across the region."**

– Jonathan Townsend, The Prince's Trust in the North of England

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