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    DD, Aged 17

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    Mimi - 15 years old

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    Chelsea - 14 years old

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    Clair - aged 14

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    Nicole - 17 years old

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    Rirrif - 15 years old

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Worrying effects of long-term unemployment on young people

A study carried out for the Prince´s Trust charity uncovered that unemployment causes long-lasting mental health problems among young people between the ages of 16 and 25

Issues that were investigated in the study were related to feelings of having nothing to live for, self-loathing, panic attacks, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The study found that unemployed young people were more than twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants. More than 440,000 young people are facing long-term unemployment and the Prince’s Trust fear that if nothing is done about this problem these young people will become hopeless as well as jobless.

Read more about this study at the BBC website

This article was first published : 3.1.2014

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