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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:
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."
It's claimed 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 research also says men are more likely to be affected than women.