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Third of young unemployed too anxious to leave the house

The psychological toll of youth unemployment has been laid bare by a report from the Prince's Trust.

More than half of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) felt anxious about everyday situations, and more than a third were too anxious to leave the house.

One in three NEETs admitted to 'falling apart' emotionally on a regular basis, and almost half said they avoided meeting new people.

NEETs 'significantly less happy'

The report, which analysed responses from more than 2,000 young people, said that employment status had a 'significant influence' on how happy and confident young people are.

Unemployed young people had an overall happiness and confidence score 13 points lower than their peers who were in employment, education or training.

NEETs were also 'far more likely' to demonstrate anxious behaviour, and were 'significantly less happy' across all areas of their lives than their peers.

In last year's report, it was found that almost a third of long-term unemployed young people had thought about taking their own lives.

Since last year, the current report revealed a decline in happiness and confidence for all young people, and for NEETs in particular.

Reaching out

Martina Milburn CBE, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, said, 'Without the right support, these young people become socially isolated - struggling with day-to-day life and slipping further and further from the jobs market.'

Employers can help reach out to young people by operating apprenticeship, traineeship or work experience programmes, and by thinking about ways of facilitating young people's transition into work.

Offering support to young people in the early stages of their working life and showing awareness of the worries and concerns of young employees can do much to foster their sense of confidence, self-worth and belonging.

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Acas has published pdf icon Managing Future Talent - A guide for employers [1Mb], which aims to share good practice about how to create a workplace in which young employees can thrive.

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Acas experts can visit your organisation and review your existing recruitment and induction procedures. See Recruitment and Retention: how Acas can help for more details.

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