Second chances

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From joining the gym to learning a language, this new year, many of us will have resolved to make positive changes in our lives.

But, for each of us who feel hopeful about the future, there are thousands of young people feeling desperate about theirs.

Earlier this month, we launched The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index, which was a particularly sobering read. Tracking the next generation’s wellbeing year-on-year, it revealed that one in ten young people from the south east has experienced mental health issues including suicidal thoughts and panic attacks as a direct result of unemployment.

An alarming 30 per cent of jobless young people in the south east also say they ‘always’ or ‘often’ feel down or depressed with the report showing that long-term unemployed people are significantly more likely to feel this way. With 7,360 young adults in the south east claiming job seeker’s allowance, the emotional toll of their unfulfilled ambitions and the region’s loss of their potential is tragic.

Having supported 3,871 disadvantaged young people in the south east last year, we’re delighted that more than three in four moved into work, went back to school or took up further training.

This speaks volumes about the importance of second chances and also offers hope to a generation who think the new year has nothing to offer them. To read our full report, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/macquarieyouthindex

Dermot Finch

regional director

The Prince’s Trust

Eldon Street

London

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