Friday, January 4, 2013

Work has positive impact on mental health of young people, report reveals

The positive contribution that work makes to the mental health of young people is outlined in a new report published in the UK this week.

A survey of more than 2,000 16-to-25 year olds reveals that young people not working or in education or training program (NEETs) are significantly more vulnerable to mental ill-health than their peers who are in work.

While an estimated 27% of young people in employment say they 'always' or 'often' feel depressed or down, that figure rises to 48% across the NEET population.

The survey, carried out for the Prince's Trust charity, shows a "worrying" discrepancy, according to Richard Parish, chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Parish said: "These unemployed young people need support to regain their self-worth and, ultimately, get them back in the workplace."

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