Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Majority of Youths Are Grappling with Anxiety

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Majority of Youths Are Grappling with Anxiety

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@ncjmedia.co.uk

MORE than half of under-25s have been gripped by anxiety, according to a new report.

The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index reveals one in six youngsters in Newcastle have felt too anxious to leave the house, while 53% of young people admitted suffering from anxiety on a daily basis.

The figures come less than a week after a report from Action for Children found 40% of parents in Newcastle worry about the mental health of their children.

Almost half of people aged between 16 and 25 admitted avoiding meeting new people, with 40% of youngsters saying they struggle to make eye contact with others.

The report, based on interviews with 2,265 16 to 25-year-olds, shows 16% of young people in Newcastle feel they are "falling apart" emotionally.

Jonathan Townsend, regional director, of youth charity the Prince's Trust, said: "Thousands of young people in Newcastle feel like prisoners in their own homes.

"Without the right support, these young people become socially isolated - struggling with day-to-day life and slipping further and further from the jobs market.

"At the Prince's Trust, we help these young people rebuild their confidence and take the first steps towards a job. Our programmes are proven to help even the most vulnerable young people find work and turn their lives around."

The report goes on to reveal 32% of young people in Newcastle often feel down or depressed and 18% said anxiety has stopped them looking after their health.

Almost a quarter of people surveyed said anxiety affected their eating and 28% of youngsters said they feel scared about life in general.

Duane Lamb, from Wallsend, has spoken of how the Prince's Trust helped him overcome anxiety that followed problems finding a job.

The 22-year-old, who was caring for his terminally ill mum, said: "Even the slightest things would stress me out and I began to feel completely inadequate when I didn't hear back from all of the jobs that I was applying for. …

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