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One In Three Unemployed Young People Have Considered Committing Suicide

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The Prince’s Trust will today release a shocking report which shows that a third of Britain’s young unemployed people have considered committing suicide.

According to the Daily Mirror the report will show that one in three have considered ending their lives due to long-term unemployment, whilst 24% have self-harmed.

The report will also show that young people who are out of work are twice as likely to be suffering from anxiety and/or depression as well as panic attacks and self-loathing.

The Charity is calling on both the government and employers to take immediate action to put an end to the feeling of hopelessness felt by so many young unemployed people as well as providing additional support to help them into work.

Chief Executive of the Prince’s Trust Martina Milburn told the Daily Mirror:

“Thousands of young people wake up every day believing that life isn’t worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue.

“They urgently need our help. If we fail to act, there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless.”

If you are affected by the issues raised in this article and require support, please contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit their website.

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  • Nigel Dupree

    In an increasingly “Hour-Glass Economy” of haves and have-nots in terms of one third or 20 million of the UK population missing out on basic functional & digital literacy in a text based, highly judgemental and systemically failed, not that secure, educational estate that manages to arrange for an awful lot of so called ‘difficult children’ to “slip through the net” to become NEET’s. Of course, if they are in care then, you can just ship them “out of county” and keep the money for their education as they will remain registered at the school of origin.

    If not in care then they can be shuffled up the SEN scale so you can apply for extra support and pupil retention money adding up to around £12.5 k, dis-apply the national curriculum so, they only have to come into school one day a week and then, suspend them for 25 days or two terms and, if they come back repeat as necessary until 16 and no longer the LEA’s, care home or others responsibility.

    Someone else’s problem once out of school as approx 78% will offend in some way and become the clients of the local YOT (Youth Offending Team), the SS and maybe a PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) where they can be entered for ‘foundation level GCSE’s even though they remain functionally and/or digitally illiterate with a reading rate of an 11 year old and unlikely to be deemed employable let alone have sufficient pro-social skills required to deal with the public or an employer.

    Just wondering what the powers that be are plan as, by 2026, something like 50% of the UK population will be “functionally and/or digitally illiterate ?

  • Clare Sheldon

    People need to realise, for both young people and other disadvantaged sections of society like the disabled, it isn’t merely the lack of ability to find work that is destroying morale and impacting on mental health, it is the nasty blame-people-for-all-their-problems attitude of the rest of society towards these groups. If there was more empathy shown towards people who are struggling, rather than just endless criticism, people would probably not feel so hopeless and contemplating ending their lives.