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Study reveals ‘alarming’ level of depression among young people

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A significant number of young people across the UK are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, suggests an ‘alarming’ new report from the charity the Prince’s Trust.

The survey of more than 2,000 young people aged 16-25 – carried out for the Prince’s Trust Youth Index study – revealed that more than a quarter always or often felt down or depressed.

According to the report, one in 10 of the young people surveyed said they felt that life was meaningless, and almost half said they were regularly stressed.

Those not in work, training or education are more likely to experience mental health problems, the charity warned, with 37% suffering from depression and 27% feeling that their life has no purpose.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, said the survey revealed an ‘increasingly vulnerable generation’.

Peter Kellner, president of YouGov who carried out the survey, added: ‘Most young people have a positive outlook on life, but our Youth Index reveals a significant core of unhappy people under age 25.

‘Their concerns need to be addressed, and not only for the sake of the youngsters themselves. If we ignore their concerns, we shall be storing up big problems for the future,’ he added.

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