Princes Trust warns of “devastating” effect of unemployment on young people’s mental health

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The number of young people looking for work has hit a new record of 1.043m, taking the rate for 16-24 year-olds to 22.3%.

Commenting on the figures Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of the youth charity The Prince’s Trust, said the situation was grave for young people.

She told the BBC: “Unemployment can have a devastating effect, not just on future job and wage prospects, but also damaging well-being and mental health.

“Our research shows that unemployed young people are feeling less confident about the future than they did this time last year. The Government must work together with charities and employers on courses that are proven to help young people into jobs.”

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