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Wednesday, 8th January 2014

UK: Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2014

Source: Prince's Trust (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index reveals an overall increase in young people’s perception of their wellbeing.

The index, which measures levels of happiness and confidence, has increased by one point – up from 71 to 72 in the past 12 months.

However, the research reveals a significant decline in confidence and happiness among NEETs during the same period, decreasing from 64 in 2013 to just 61 in 2014.

Additionally, unemployed young people are less happy across all areas of their lives than their peers.

The report demonstrates that jobless young people face symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of being out of work.

Around one in 10 young people (nine per cent) people believe they have nothing to live for. This increases to more than one in five (21 per cent) amongst the long-term
unemployed.

40 per cent of jobless young people have faced symptoms of mental illness - including panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and feelings of self-loathing - as a direct result of being unemployed.

One in 10 young people (11 per cent) have been prescribed anti-depressants. This more than doubles to 25 per cent amongst those unemployed for six months or more.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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