Almost one in five young people in the region have had mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts, because they don't have jobs.
That's according to a study by the Prince's Trust which says long term unemployment can make young people twice as likely to need anti-depressants. The number of youngsters claiming benefits for more than six months has increased 246% since the beginning of the recession in 2008.
A hospital trust has closed a unit in Bristol after criticism of the care of its patients. The Lansdowne Unit at Blackberry Hill Hospital looked after adults suffering mental health problems.
The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust has been issued with warnings about the care of patients and the suitability of the unit itself. The trust says the safety of patients was never in question. Eli-Louise Wringe reports.
The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership has been severely criticised.
It follows two killings committed by patients in their care.
An NHS report has slated the trust demanding changes in leadership, culture and style.
The main findings of the report are:
- Trust was target driven, bureaucratic and controlling
- Concerns over aspects of safety
- Weak clinical voice in decision making
- Urgent need to change culture and leadership