Unemployment is having a damaging effect on the mental health of young people. A poll carried out by YouGov for the U.K. charity the Prince's Trust found that among the 2,000 strong sample of 16-25 year-olds surveyed one in ten of those who had been out of work had turned to alcohol or drugs. Those not in education or training were twice as likely to feel down, depressed, isolated or rejected. 25% of unemployed youngsters believed that joblessness had caused arguments with their parents or other relatives and 15% said that their life lacked direction. The latest Government figures show that almost a million people aged between 16 and 25 are unemployed.
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