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Jobless young people face mental health issues

The Prince's Trust says unemployment among young people is taking its toll on mental well-being Credit: PA

Young people who are jobless are prone to mental health problems, according to a study by the Prince's Trust.

It says that long-term unemployment can make youngsters twice as likely to need anti-depressants. Almost 1 in 5 young people in the South West have had symptoms of mental ill-health.

Many young people feel they have no future

Long term youth unemployment has risen 375% in Devon since the start of the recession Credit: ITV Westcountry

Almost a third of young people in Devon believe they have no future as a result of the economic crisis.

A report from the Prince's Trust also warns a significant number of those not in employment, education or training feel they can't cope with day-to-day life.