Generation 'who missed out on being young'

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Almost one in five young people in Devon admit they feel ‘unable to cope with life’ since the pandemic, warns a new Prince’s Trust report. 

And 38 per cent of 16 to 25-year-olds in the county say their mental health has worsened since the start of the pandemic, while 53 per cent say they ‘always’ or ‘often’ feel anxious, with 67 per cent also report feeling like they are ‘missing out on being young’. 

The Prince’s Trust Tesco Youth Index, conducted by YouGov, gauges young people’s happiness and confidence levels across a range of areas, from their working life to their physical and mental health. 

 The research suggests that young people who are not in education, employment or training are even more likely to feel ‘unable to cope with life’ and more likely to be experiencing anxiety. 

The report also reveals that one in for young people in Devon do not feel confident about their future work. Over two-thirds say it is harder to ask for employment help as ‘everyone needs it at the moment’. 

59 per cent say that getting a new job feels impossible now because there's so much competition. 


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Rozzy Amos, Director for the South of England at The Prince’s Trust said: “The pandemic has taken a devastating toll on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. They face a disrupted education, a shrinking jobs market and isolation from their friends and loved ones, and as a result, too many are losing all hope for the future. As ever, it is unemployed young people – and those with few qualifications and little confidence – who have an even more negative experience. 


“The Prince’s Trust will always be there for young people across the UK, giving them a lifeline to overcome the toughest of challenges. At this critical time, we need businesses, government, and individuals to work with us to help as many vulnerable young people as possible. It is only by working together that we can stop this generation of young people giving up on their futures – and themselves.”  


The Prince’s Trust and Tesco are working together to provide mental health resources and support in schools across the UK. The partnership also helps young people into jobs through The Trust’s employability courses, as well as Tesco self-funding six-month retail work placements for 1,000 unemployed young people through the Government’s Kickstart programme.