A poll of more than 2,000 16 to 25 year olds showed that one in 10 of those who had been unemployed had turned to drugs or alcohol abuse, with those not in education twice as likely to feel down, depressed, isolated or rejected.
The Prince’s Trust provides loans for young people in order to help them back into work and they believe that the government and businesses need to be investing in the younger generation and doing more to save them from unemployment.
The Prince’s Trust said its survey showed that 25% of unemployed young people believed their unemployment caused arguments with parents or other relative’s and 15% believed their life lacked direction. It is clear that long term unemployment can have a detrimental effect on mental health and this is why it is important that take action now to prevent youngsters from becoming unemployable in the future.
The trust hope that their new campaign to raise £1m a week will help to further the support of unemployed and disadvantaged young people and hope that its not to late to prevent a lost generation of people.