Fears for mental health of Wirral's young unemployed

Wirral Globe: Fears for mental health of Wirral's young unemployed Fears for mental health of Wirral's young unemployed

MORE than 600 young people facing long-term unemployment in Wirral are at risk of the "devastating" symptoms of mental illness.

The latest figures from the Prince's Trust show that long-term unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds are twice as likely to have been prescribed anti-depressants and believe they have nothing to live for.

More than 2,000 young people – including 202 from the north west – were surveyed in the charity’s sixth annual Youth Index, gauging their wellbeing over a range of areas from family life to physical health.

Forty per cent of those who were out of work said they faced symptoms of mental health, while those unemployed for more than a year were more likely to say they had no-one to confide in.

In Wirral, 645 young people face the prospect of long-term unemployment, with fears raised that they could become hopeless, as well as jobless, if help is not given.

Jonathan Townsend, northern regional director of the Prince’s Trust, said: "Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people.

"Thousands wake up every day believing that life isn't worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue.

"Our research highlights that unemployed young people are significantly less likely to ask for help if they are struggling to cope.

"Our message to them is this: organisations like the Prince's Trust are supporting young people like you every day, helping them back into work, education or training.

"You are not alone and you need not struggle alone.

"In response to the findings, the youth charity – which will support 58,000 disadvantaged young people this year - is calling for urgent support from the government, health agencies and employers to fund its work with long-term unemployed young people battling health issues.

Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said: "This research proves that unemployment is a public health issue. It is one that must be tackled urgently and it is essential that youth unemployment is added to the public health agenda."

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5:23pm Thu 2 Jan 14

jeselis says...

I can tell you this effects people of ALL ages. I appreciate for youngsters it can be hard, we've all been there, but try being made redundant in say your 40's with Family or other responsibilities & finding every door is seemingly closed to you regardless of your abilities or experience, & not least due to employers wanting younger (read cheaper) employees!
I can tell you this effects people of ALL ages. I appreciate for youngsters it can be hard, we've all been there, but try being made redundant in say your 40's with Family or other responsibilities & finding every door is seemingly closed to you regardless of your abilities or experience, & not least due to employers wanting younger (read cheaper) employees! jeselis

9:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

keef666 says...

Have to agree with the first post, most 16 -18 don't really care as long as they have money for booze, its the older ones with bills to pay who are getting to the point in age that all employers just don't take on, but the D.W.P don't really care so force you to carry on, on this crazy merry go round till you wake up one day and decide enough is enough, i have tried twice in the last three years,
Have to agree with the first post, most 16 -18 don't really care as long as they have money for booze, its the older ones with bills to pay who are getting to the point in age that all employers just don't take on, but the D.W.P don't really care so force you to carry on, on this crazy merry go round till you wake up one day and decide enough is enough, i have tried twice in the last three years, keef666

1:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

jeselis wrote:
I can tell you this effects people of ALL ages. I appreciate for youngsters it can be hard, we've all been there, but try being made redundant in say your 40's with Family or other responsibilities & finding every door is seemingly closed to you regardless of your abilities or experience, & not least due to employers wanting younger (read cheaper) employees!
Fully agree
[quote][p][bold]jeselis[/bold] wrote: I can tell you this effects people of ALL ages. I appreciate for youngsters it can be hard, we've all been there, but try being made redundant in say your 40's with Family or other responsibilities & finding every door is seemingly closed to you regardless of your abilities or experience, & not least due to employers wanting younger (read cheaper) employees![/p][/quote]Fully agree Thepleb

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