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Jobless ill health impacts NHS

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Rising healthcare bills related to youth unemployment could be slashed if young people were given better support and advice, a report shows.

NHS budgets are feeling the strain thanks to illness brought on by youth unemployment, according to youth advice and counselling charity Youth Access.

Stress from unemployment-related issues causes 750,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 to become mentally or physically ill each year.

Problems that lead to physical or mental ill health include debt, homelessness and crime, according to the report The Outcomes and Impact of Youth Advice - the Evidence.

And NHS treatment from hospitals, GPs and psychiatric services is sought by more than a third of these people at a cost of £250 million annually.

The counselling and youth advice charity said that more money needed to be invested in services that could reduce the stress-related issues.

Once their problems had been tackled around 70% said their stress levels were reduced and they were able to return to work or school

Youth Access director Barbara Rayment said: “Unless urgent action is taken now to put in place the vital advice, counselling and support services young people will need over the next few years, they - and we - will pay a heavy price.”


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  • Many people needs psychological help and support to face their daunting tasks for economic survival.The question is What would talking and listening do when many just want that little opportunity to have a job and earn a wage packet. Much psychotic symptoms are gradually being substituted with fantasies and adventure of being in a real job. For many, getting a job is a dream to some,it would be a wish that came true. What we need to develop is skills for "expressive therapeutic group activities" It may be noisy,challenging, threatening, but helping those to verbalize their frustrations would preserve their dignity and mental health. Whose responsibility would it be to pilot this suggestion? I did it whilst employed within the substance misuse clinics and results suggests that it has a viable socioeconomic and therapeutic benefit to many. It takes guts, hardwork,experience, committment and a strong compassionate mind with a determination to help others to succeed.

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