depressedPrince's Trust's annual Youth Index has shown a rising amount of 16-25 year-olds say they are "struggling to cope with day-to-day life".

One in 10 of the 2,136 young people interviewed for the survery feel they cannot cope, with those not in work, education or training more than twice as likely to feel this way.

The 2012 report discovered 52% of so-called NEETs said they often or always felt depressed and Martina Milburn, chief executive of The Prince's Trust, said: "A frightening number of unemployed young people feel unable to cope and it is particularly tough for those who don't have a support network in place.

"We know at The Prince's Trust that it is often those from the most vulnerable backgrounds who end up furthest from the job market. Life can become a demoralising downward spiral - from a challenging childhood into life as a jobless adult. But, with the right support, we can help get these lives on track."

Over a quarter of respondents in work said they feel "down or depressed always or often" while 22% said they did not have someone to talk to about their problems.

The index, now in its fifth year, gauges young people's happiness across a range of areas, from family life to physical and mental health.

Richard Parish, chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health, said: “The Youth Index clearly shows a worrying discrepancy between young people who are in work and those who are not. With recent record-breaking youth unemployment the work of charities like The Prince’s Trust with vulnerable young people is more critical than ever."

The Department of Work and Pensions have also responded to the results by laying out plans to offer work experience & apprenticeship Youth Contracts to 500,000 over the next three years in an effort to continue reducing youth unemployment.

Posted 03/01/2013 by richard.hook@pavpub.com