Labour’s candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, today (2nd January 2014) claimed that a new report -The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth index – shows the urgent need to tackle youth unemployment as more than one in five young people in the North East have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment.
The report also found that young people who are long-term unemployed are more than twice as likely as their peers to believe they have nothing to live for and “that 40 per cent of jobless young people say they have faced symptoms of mental illness – including suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks – as a direct result of unemployment.”
“This report shows the devastating effect unemployment – and more specifically long-term unemployment – can have on the mental health of young people and highlights the need not only to tackle youth unemployment but to provide adequate support and not forget for those who are already in that position.
“Here in Redcar, there are at least 350 young people who have been unemployed for 6 months or longer and we need bold action to ensure options are available for them and that they don’t fall into the mental health trap having no job can often become.
“Labour would act to tackle youth unemployment with a compulsory jobs guarantee that would guarantee real paid work for young people unemployed for a year and also for all. Getting our young people into work is a vital part of leading a fulfilling life so it is of the utmost importance that everything is done help them achieve this.”