One in ten young people in Brighton and Hove struggle with depression

The Argus: One in ten young people in Brighton and Hove struggle with depression One in ten young people in Brighton and Hove struggle with depression

More than one in 10 young people living in Brighton and Hove have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment, a report warns today.

A survey of young people in the city carried out by the Princes Trust found 16%reported feelings including suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.

Some have been prescribed antidepressants, while other problems included feelings of self-loathing, insomnia, feeling inferior to others, difficulty controlling anger, drinking large amounts of alcohol and taking drugs.


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Forty per cent of young people in the city said they ‘always’ or ‘often’ feel down or depressed while almost one in four said they felt like an outcast.

Dermot Finch, southern regional director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Here in Brighton 5,800 young people are facing longterm unemployment and there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless.

“At The Prince’s Trust we provide vulnerable young people with sustained support, through both our long-term personal development programmes and our work within schools across the capital.

“If you are struggling to get back into work, education or training, you are not alone and you need not struggle alone.”

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Nicola Smith, 30, from Brighton, is one of those people to benefit from the charity’s support.

She took a risk in using every penny she had to put herself through college but eventually got work experience and saw a gap in the market to offer hair and beauty services in Brighton.

She went to The Prince’s Trust for business advice and financial support and, at the same time, found two business partners and a base for her venture, Pretty Pout.

But just three months in she was let down by one of the partners and was forced to move from the property she had secured and she was left with almost nothing.

Ms Smith said: “If there was ever a good time to give up, this was it. There were times that I thought this was the last chapter.

“But I eventually found the motivation to carry on. I don’t regret anything because it enabled me to get my name out there.”

The whole experience inspired Ms Smith to keep going with her business idea to make it a success.

And she has had continued help from the charity.

For more information, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk.

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12:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

No wonder they are depressed! We haven't exactly done them any favours. After a childhood bombarded by millions of adverts encouraging endless consumption and unattainable lifestyles, they now find themselves struggling to find meaningful employment or career, massive debts should they go to university, housing beyond their means, the prospect of being poorer than their parents and possibly grandparents, no or low personal pensions and a pension age of 75+, etc, etc.

If young people want to do something about improving their future prospects then a first step is to register to vote and then vote out the dull headed grey suited LibLabCon politicians that have delivered this mess.
No wonder they are depressed! We haven't exactly done them any favours. After a childhood bombarded by millions of adverts encouraging endless consumption and unattainable lifestyles, they now find themselves struggling to find meaningful employment or career, massive debts should they go to university, housing beyond their means, the prospect of being poorer than their parents and possibly grandparents, no or low personal pensions and a pension age of 75+, etc, etc. If young people want to do something about improving their future prospects then a first step is to register to vote and then vote out the dull headed grey suited LibLabCon politicians that have delivered this mess. HJarrs

1:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

pperrin says...

Lib Lab Con and Green - all seek to make youth hoplessness less uncomfortable - but none seek to end it.

Too much council attention is on supporting people in failure instead of removing the barriers to their success.

Brighton today is a result of LibLabConGrn councillors policies over the years - they are proven failures. It is time to move forwards away from their making failure bearable failure towards opportunity for undiluted success.

Vote #UKIP.
Lib Lab Con and Green - all seek to make youth hoplessness less uncomfortable - but none seek to end it. Too much council attention is on supporting people in failure instead of removing the barriers to their success. Brighton today is a result of LibLabConGrn councillors policies over the years - they are proven failures. It is time to move forwards away from their making failure bearable failure towards opportunity for undiluted success. Vote #UKIP. pperrin

2:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

This is a classic piece of self aggrandizement by a charity seeking to exploit its own aims (and gain funds & publicity) rather than state the facts clearly or address an actual problem.

I have not seen the report, I admit, but it was commissioned by the publicity seekers here. In plain english- THEY CHOSE THE PEOPLE TO SURVEY. If I wanted a survey to show that 95% of Hove residents were paedophiles, I would find it very easy to produce one- but it would be horribly inaccurate since the survey samle was biaised- how was this sample chosen?

And "as a result of unemployment"? Where does THE CHARITY say so in the article? Has it been cut out? Was it ever said, or merely hinted at to ensure good press coverage? Because all I can see is an unreferenced comment by a newspaper reporter.

20 somethings get depressed over a lot of things- relationships, life, employment, bullying, housing, lasagna recipes, train delays, bad weather etc. What has been done to filter THOSE depressions out?

In short, a very poor piece of sensationalist journalism- I'm young and unemployed, BTW ARGUS, and depressed by this- can I have a job? Because I'm certain I could do it better than this.
This is a classic piece of self aggrandizement by a charity seeking to exploit its own aims (and gain funds & publicity) rather than state the facts clearly or address an actual problem. I have not seen the report, I admit, but it was commissioned by the publicity seekers here. In plain english- THEY CHOSE THE PEOPLE TO SURVEY. If I wanted a survey to show that 95% of Hove residents were paedophiles, I would find it very easy to produce one- but it would be horribly inaccurate since the survey samle was biaised- how was this sample chosen? And "as a result of unemployment"? Where does THE CHARITY say so in the article? Has it been cut out? Was it ever said, or merely hinted at to ensure good press coverage? Because all I can see is an unreferenced comment by a newspaper reporter. 20 somethings get depressed over a lot of things- relationships, life, employment, bullying, housing, lasagna recipes, train delays, bad weather etc. What has been done to filter THOSE depressions out? In short, a very poor piece of sensationalist journalism- I'm young and unemployed, BTW ARGUS, and depressed by this- can I have a job? Because I'm certain I could do it better than this. Goldenwight

4:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

pperrin wrote:
Lib Lab Con and Green - all seek to make youth hoplessness less uncomfortable - but none seek to end it.

Too much council attention is on supporting people in failure instead of removing the barriers to their success.

Brighton today is a result of LibLabConGrn councillors policies over the years - they are proven failures. It is time to move forwards away from their making failure bearable failure towards opportunity for undiluted success.

Vote #UKIP.
Yep, privitising what is left of the state and removing any welfare safety net, turning inwards, being parochial, marginalised and locked out of Europe and its jobs market should really raise the spirits of young people.

The only success that UKIP have shown themselves to be adept at is their MEPs trousering money from the EU!
[quote][p][bold]pperrin[/bold] wrote: Lib Lab Con and Green - all seek to make youth hoplessness less uncomfortable - but none seek to end it. Too much council attention is on supporting people in failure instead of removing the barriers to their success. Brighton today is a result of LibLabConGrn councillors policies over the years - they are proven failures. It is time to move forwards away from their making failure bearable failure towards opportunity for undiluted success. Vote #UKIP.[/p][/quote]Yep, privitising what is left of the state and removing any welfare safety net, turning inwards, being parochial, marginalised and locked out of Europe and its jobs market should really raise the spirits of young people. The only success that UKIP have shown themselves to be adept at is their MEPs trousering money from the EU! HJarrs

4:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

pperrin says...

HJarrs wrote:
pperrin wrote:
Lib Lab Con and Green - all seek to make youth hoplessness less uncomfortable - but none seek to end it.

Too much council attention is on supporting people in failure instead of removing the barriers to their success.

Brighton today is a result of LibLabConGrn councillors policies over the years - they are proven failures. It is time to move forwards away from their making failure bearable failure towards opportunity for undiluted success.

Vote #UKIP.
Yep, privitising what is left of the state and removing any welfare safety net, turning inwards, being parochial, marginalised and locked out of Europe and its jobs market should really raise the spirits of young people.

The only success that UKIP have shown themselves to be adept at is their MEPs trousering money from the EU!
It would make more sense if you quoted UKIP policy rather than blurting out your own dreamed up prejudices.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pperrin[/bold] wrote: Lib Lab Con and Green - all seek to make youth hoplessness less uncomfortable - but none seek to end it. Too much council attention is on supporting people in failure instead of removing the barriers to their success. Brighton today is a result of LibLabConGrn councillors policies over the years - they are proven failures. It is time to move forwards away from their making failure bearable failure towards opportunity for undiluted success. Vote #UKIP.[/p][/quote]Yep, privitising what is left of the state and removing any welfare safety net, turning inwards, being parochial, marginalised and locked out of Europe and its jobs market should really raise the spirits of young people. The only success that UKIP have shown themselves to be adept at is their MEPs trousering money from the EU![/p][/quote]It would make more sense if you quoted UKIP policy rather than blurting out your own dreamed up prejudices. pperrin

7:33pm Thu 2 Jan 14

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

HJarrs wrote:
No wonder they are depressed! We haven't exactly done them any favours. After a childhood bombarded by millions of adverts encouraging endless consumption and unattainable lifestyles, they now find themselves struggling to find meaningful employment or career, massive debts should they go to university, housing beyond their means, the prospect of being poorer than their parents and possibly grandparents, no or low personal pensions and a pension age of 75+, etc, etc.

If young people want to do something about improving their future prospects then a first step is to register to vote and then vote out the dull headed grey suited LibLabCon politicians that have delivered this mess.
Yes its not easy as the Green council are stalling economic growth and restricting opportunity. They are also flooding the city with problem people and not striving for any ambitious improvements for residents to enjoy.

Coupled with rafts of misinformation, no wonder the youngsters are depressed.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: No wonder they are depressed! We haven't exactly done them any favours. After a childhood bombarded by millions of adverts encouraging endless consumption and unattainable lifestyles, they now find themselves struggling to find meaningful employment or career, massive debts should they go to university, housing beyond their means, the prospect of being poorer than their parents and possibly grandparents, no or low personal pensions and a pension age of 75+, etc, etc. If young people want to do something about improving their future prospects then a first step is to register to vote and then vote out the dull headed grey suited LibLabCon politicians that have delivered this mess.[/p][/quote]Yes its not easy as the Green council are stalling economic growth and restricting opportunity. They are also flooding the city with problem people and not striving for any ambitious improvements for residents to enjoy. Coupled with rafts of misinformation, no wonder the youngsters are depressed. I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

10:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

hubby says...

One in ten?
More like 25%.
You have to then factor in the top 5% who mummy and daddy will love and look after forever.So they think.
Virtually a third of 16-25 year olds have no hope.
What a great world the cokehead 40 and 50 somethings have left as a legacy for the forgotten X-Box generation.
One in ten? More like 25%. You have to then factor in the top 5% who mummy and daddy will love and look after forever.So they think. Virtually a third of 16-25 year olds have no hope. What a great world the cokehead 40 and 50 somethings have left as a legacy for the forgotten X-Box generation. hubby

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