Young people face mental ill-health

The Prince's Trust has revealed that unemployed young people have devastating mental health problems. One in five in the south west have had symptoms.

Unemployment link to mental health

Unemployment can cause mental health problems for young people Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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