Mental illness in young people due to unemployment

More than one in five young people in Wales has experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment, The Prince's Trust has warned.

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Expert: Unemployment a 'public health issue'

Unemployment should be a "public health issue" after youth charity the Prince's Trust revealed the extent of mental illnesses among Britain's jobless youngsters.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, commented:

This research proves that unemployment is a public health issue.

It is one that must be tackled urgently and it is essential that youth unemployment is added to the public health agenda.

Unemployed young people are struggling in many aspects of their lives, from their mental health and wellbeing to their relationships and their qualifications and we must act quickly to end this.

– chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health Shirley Cramer

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Prince's Trust: 'We need to reach out to young people'

More than one in five young people in Wales have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment, The Prince's Trust has warned.

Paul Brown, from The Prince's Trust, told ITV News: "Twenty one per cent of young people in Wales who've been unemployed say they've experienced at least one symptom of mental health or emotional well being.

"We need to reach out to these young people...and say there are things they can do to turn their lives around."

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