Life is ‘meaningless’ for one in ten young people

Depressed young people feel life isn't worth living

Life is ‘not worth living’ for one in ten young people, an alarming study has found.

The survey of 16 to 25-year-olds showed that they felt life was meaningless and 27% said they always or often felt down.

Youths who are not in education, work or training were twice as likely to feel that their life had no purpose.

The poll of more than 2,000 youngsters, which was conducted by the Prince’s Trust, is thought to be the first large-scale survey of its kind and warned that the situation will get worse as the recession takes hold.

‘We already have evidence that young people are likely to be disproportionately affected during a recession,’ said Paul Brown, of the Prince’s Trust.

‘We also know that young people often have problems, especially those without supportive families. That one in 10 young people think their life is not worth living is a really worrying thing to see quantified.’

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