‘Life isn’t worth living’ for jobless

St Helens Star: ‘Life isn’t worth living’ for jobless ‘Life isn’t worth living’ for jobless

A DISTURBING report reveals 17 per cent of the region’s 16-25 year-olds have shown symptons of mental illness, as a result of being unemployed.

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index paints a bleak picture, finding that long term unemployed young people often felt they had nothing to live for.

The findings come when the region has seen a 175 per cent increase in the number of young people claiming benefits for more than six months since the beginning of the recession. A poll discovered more than one in 10 young people said unemployment resulted in them experiencing one of the following: suicidal thoughts, self-harm, panic attacks, feelings of self-loathing, insomnia and inferiority.

They found difficulty controlling anger, drank large amounts of alcohol, took drugs or had been prescribed anti-depressants.

More than one in 10 in the 16-25 age group in the north west said they feel ‘worthless’, and over a quarter said they felt down or depressed. Almost one in five said they felt like an ‘outcast’.

Now The Prince’s Trust, which tackles youth unemployment in the UK, is calling for urgent support from government, health agencies and employers to fund its vital work with long term unemployed young people with mental health issues.

Jonathan Townsend, northern regional director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people. Thousands wake up every day believing that life isn’t worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue.

“Here in the north west, 14,215 young people are facing long term unemployment, and there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless.

“Organisations like The Prince’s Trust are supporting young people, helping them back into work, education or training. They are not alone and need not struggle alone.”

David Fass, chief executive officer of Macquarie Group, EMEA, said: “The index enables organisations like The Prince’s Trust to offer disadvantaged young people the guidance they need to build a stronger future.”

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said: “This research proves that unemployment is a public health issue. It is one that must be tackled urgently and it is essential that youth unemployment is added to the public health agenda.”

See princes-trust.org.uk/youth index.

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5:43pm Sat 11 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Perhaps if they didn't spend so much of (other peoples) money on drugs and alcohol , they might feel better and become more employable.

When are people going to realise that nobody asked them to be born? and start helping themselves.

Take my friends brother for example , he went on one of these much maligned "work fare scheme" , he doesn't think the world owes him a living , he was on it for 2 weeks , turned up on time worked hard - and got a full time job. After just a fortnight. A **** good job too.

Why is he any different than anybody else? He's not , he's just willing to work and doesn't take drugs or abuse alcohol.
Perhaps if they didn't spend so much of (other peoples) money on drugs and alcohol , they might feel better and become more employable. When are people going to realise that nobody asked them to be born? and start helping themselves. Take my friends brother for example , he went on one of these much maligned "work fare scheme" , he doesn't think the world owes him a living , he was on it for 2 weeks , turned up on time worked hard - and got a full time job. After just a fortnight. A **** good job too. Why is he any different than anybody else? He's not , he's just willing to work and doesn't take drugs or abuse alcohol. barrie timpson

6:32pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Thurman says...

When are people going to realise that nobody asked them to be born? and start helping themselves.



Explain to me how THEY asked to be born
When are people going to realise that nobody asked them to be born? and start helping themselves. Explain to me how THEY asked to be born Thurman

6:48pm Sat 11 Jan 14

cap-end says...

Why should I go to work for free when I get my benefits for free . The work schemes are nothing more than Slave labour
Why should I go to work for free when I get my benefits for free . The work schemes are nothing more than Slave labour cap-end

6:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

annie1275 says...

They are not all on drugs and alcohol,and maybe your friends brother was one of the lucky ones..They can't get the experience because nobody is willing to give them a chance.Maybe they tar them all with the same brush like you do barrie.
They are not all on drugs and alcohol,and maybe your friends brother was one of the lucky ones..They can't get the experience because nobody is willing to give them a chance.Maybe they tar them all with the same brush like you do barrie. annie1275

6:52pm Sat 11 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Skills pay the bills.
Skills pay the bills. barrie timpson

6:54pm Sat 11 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Maybe baby.
Maybe baby. barrie timpson

6:54pm Sat 11 Jan 14

annie1275 says...

cap-end wrote:
Why should I go to work for free when I get my benefits for free . The work schemes are nothing more than Slave labour
I agree to a certain degree cap-end.You can get a job minimum wage,by the time you have paid the expense of getting there,paid your rent you can be left with much less money than if you weren't working.That is no incentive to go to work.These company's just take the **** out of people,and think you should be grateful to them for giving you a job and making them MILLIONS while you are at it.
[quote][p][bold]cap-end[/bold] wrote: Why should I go to work for free when I get my benefits for free . The work schemes are nothing more than Slave labour[/p][/quote]I agree to a certain degree cap-end.You can get a job minimum wage,by the time you have paid the expense of getting there,paid your rent you can be left with much less money than if you weren't working.That is no incentive to go to work.These company's just take the **** out of people,and think you should be grateful to them for giving you a job and making them MILLIONS while you are at it. annie1275

6:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

....and somebody is offering them experience , plenty of workfare schemes out there , plenty of college courses. There is always something that can be done to spend your time productively.

I worked for nothing in my teens to gain experience.
....and somebody is offering them experience , plenty of workfare schemes out there , plenty of college courses. There is always something that can be done to spend your time productively. I worked for nothing in my teens to gain experience. barrie timpson

7:00pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Thurman says...

Durin the war....
Durin the war.... Thurman

7:00pm Sat 11 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Off out now , have a nice night xx
Off out now , have a nice night xx barrie timpson

7:10pm Sat 11 Jan 14

cap-end says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Skills pay the bills.
Selling pills pays the bills
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Skills pay the bills.[/p][/quote]Selling pills pays the bills cap-end

7:11pm Sat 11 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

Good on you.
Good on you. barrie timpson

11:22pm Sat 11 Jan 14

disillusionedsthelenser says...

cap-end wrote:
Why should I go to work for free when I get my benefits for free . The work schemes are nothing more than Slave labour
1. Why should we pay taxes so they live for free?
That answers your question then. I work my balls off and there is litter on the streets. In working my balls off, i pay for folk like this who haven't got jobs. So do us all tax-payers a favour and do so called 'slave labour' to just give a little bit back.

That's the harsh answer.

Other answer.

2. Ok, you go to the job centre - apply for a job, make the last 3. 3 of you all similar experience, similar skills etc.
"Work experience in last 6 months -
Person A - Nothing
Person B - Nothing
Person C - I worked for free cleaning up litter 3 hours a day for 2 days a week; i helped local park rangers cutting down trees 4 hours a week - all for free'

I know which one i'd employ.

Plus, Person C's 'free' work might lead to a direct job.

Also, remember - you might think that person C 'slaving away' may feel embarrassed to be doing that and seen by mates doing so. He or she will be the one laughing in a few months time when he's got a job and money whilst all his mates are dossing about on their £60 a week.
[quote][p][bold]cap-end[/bold] wrote: Why should I go to work for free when I get my benefits for free . The work schemes are nothing more than Slave labour[/p][/quote]1. Why should we pay taxes so they live for free? That answers your question then. I work my balls off and there is litter on the streets. In working my balls off, i pay for folk like this who haven't got jobs. So do us all tax-payers a favour and do so called 'slave labour' to just give a little bit back. That's the harsh answer. Other answer. 2. Ok, you go to the job centre - apply for a job, make the last 3. 3 of you all similar experience, similar skills etc. "Work experience in last 6 months - Person A - Nothing Person B - Nothing Person C - I worked for free cleaning up litter 3 hours a day for 2 days a week; i helped local park rangers cutting down trees 4 hours a week - all for free' I know which one i'd employ. Plus, Person C's 'free' work might lead to a direct job. Also, remember - you might think that person C 'slaving away' may feel embarrassed to be doing that and seen by mates doing so. He or she will be the one laughing in a few months time when he's got a job and money whilst all his mates are dossing about on their £60 a week. disillusionedsthelenser

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