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Unemployed Youth More Likely To Turn To Drink and Drugs

Friday, February 5th, 2010 Unemployed Youth More Likely To Turn To Drink and Drugs

Jobless young people face a life of poorer health, with one in ten turning to drink or drugs as a result of their unemployment, according to a new study.

The research taken out by The Princes Trust questioned over 2,000 people and found that many young people (aged between 16 and 25) said that they felt ashamed, rejected and unloved, which may lead to permanent psychological scars.

The survey showed that a quarter of unemployed young people said the fact they had no job had led to arguments with their family members.

A third said that they felt down or depressed and one in ten rarely felt loved.

Professor David Blanchflower, a leading economist, said in the report: “Unemployment has a knock-on effect on a young person’s self-esteem, their emotional stability and overall wellbeing. The longer the period a young person is unemployed for, the more likely they are to experience this psychological scarring.

“This means an unhappy and debilitated generation of young people who - as a result - becomes decreasingly likely to find work in the future.”

Chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, Martina Milburn, said: “The implications of youth unemployment stretch beyond the dole queue. The emotional effects on young people are profound, long-term and can become irreversible. We must act now to prevent a lost generation of young people before it is too late.

“Young people bore the brunt of the recession last year, with one in five 16-to-24 year olds out of work today. The result is a generation of undiscovered skills and talents. We must invest in these young people, re-building their self-esteem, to ensure that today’s unemployed do not become tomorrow’s unemployable.”

The Prince’s Trust have now launched a new campaign which aims to raise £1 million a week to help support unemployed and disadvantaged young people.

The Prince’s Trust launched a new campaign to raise £1 million a week to support unemployed and disadvantaged young people

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