Research has shown that youth unemployment is significantly associated with mental health difficulties. 40% of jobless young people report symptoms of declining mental health, including feeling of self-hatred, suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.
The new approach is aimed at disadvantaged young people – those who come from families of low aspirations, those who live in poverty or who are in foster care. For them, the likelihood of unemployment and time out of training and education is usually much greater. For example, young carers are twice as likely as their peers to be out of work for over six months.
An interactive toolkit is now available which young people and professionals can use to promote resilience. The toolkit was developed by fifteen young people from Greece and the UK as part of the STYLE project – Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe.
Available at: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/youth-unemployment/resilience-strategies-help-vulnerable-youth-out-unemployment-317880