Depression engulfs vulnerable British youthJanuary 5th, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 5 (IANS) A “significant core” of young people in Britain are either depressed or struggling to cope and the situation is likely to worsen in the current economic climate, according to a report published Monday. The report by the Prince’s Trust - a charity run by Prince Charles - said that one in 10 youngsters aged 16 to 25 years felt that life was meaningless, and 27 percent said they were always or often down or depressed.
Almost half of all those surveyed (47 percent) said they were regularly stressed.
The trust, which interviewed more than 2,000 young people across Britain, said the results were “alarming”. Young people not in work, training or education were twice as likely to be affected.
The trust, which helps out 40,000 young people every year, said the study revealed “an increasingly vulnerable generation”.
The survey showed that relationships with family and friends were the key to levels of happiness, although health, money and work were also important.
“Young people tell us that family is key to their happiness, yet too often we find they don’t have this crucial support,” said chief executive Martina Milburn.
Experts said the situation was likely to worsen with the economic downturn, as young people were expected to bear the brunt of job losses.
“We already have evidence that young people are likely to be disproportionately affected during a recession. We also know that young people often have problems, especially those without supportive families,” said Paul Brown, a director at the trust responsible for the research.
The trust is now introducing a new mental health awareness programme designed to identify early signs of distress.
“Often, young people who feel they have reached rock bottom don’t know where to turn for help,” Brown said.