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Young people feel like "prisoners in their own homes" because of anxiety

    A third of unemployed young people regularly "fall apart" emotionally, a report by the Prince's Trust says.

Based on interviews with 2,265 people, aged 16 to 25, it suggests half of unemployed young people often feel anxious about everyday situations and 46% avoid meeting new people.
Young people risk becoming "socially isolated" while unemployed, Martina Milburn from the trust said.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said youth unemployment had seen big falls.

The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index suggests 13% of people in the UK aged between 16 and 25 often feel too anxious to leave their house.

But it said unemployed young people were more than twice as likely to feel that way.

It said almost half of unemployed young people "always" or "often" felt down or depressed, while 36% said anxiety had stopped them from looking after their health, and 38% said it prevented them eating properly.

Jack, 25, from Norwich, said he had battled depression, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and low self-esteem.

"I hadn't been employed properly for years, I had no motivation to work, and couldn't see a way out of the lifestyle I was in," he said.
"I would wake up and wouldn't want to leave the house. I stopped speaking to my friends and I had absolutely no confidence speaking to people.
"If I did go to a job interview, I would be really nervous and didn't ever think I would get the job."

For the full article visit the BBC website

At Hewett Recruitment we are always ready to offer help, advice and support to anyone looking for work, including young people. We realise that the prospect of looking for a job can be daunting and overwhelming, even more so if you’re looking for your first job. We operate an ‘open door’ policy and welcome anyone the opportunity to discuss their concerns and fears about finding work as well as understanding their goals and ambitions. Often we find that many young people feel reassured to know that support and guidance is available and that we can help them through the process of finding work step by step, building confidence and advising on CV writing skills and interview techniques. Our Consultants regularly work with local schools and colleges, taking the time to speak with students to help them better understand how to best approach job searching and job applications and the various routes available when looking for some help. Consultants also work with students to help them understand the softer skills employers are demanding form those entering the workforce.

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