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British authorities on alert: Young people choose welfare over work

2024-02-23 14:02:00, Lifestyle CNA
British authorities on alert: Young people choose welfare over work
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The UK risks escalation in relation to young people's mental health. According to an article in the "Daily Mail ", very few people are talking about mental health issues in this country. 
 
Since the pandemic and the catastrophic lockdowns it caused, an alarming trend has emerged among 18- to 30-year-olds. 
 
The article highlights that people from 18 to 30 years old are an age group increasingly in control of despair and dependence on the welfare state. 

An estimated 481,000 young people aged 16 to 24 are currently unemployed, which affects their mental health.
280,000 young people now rely on some form of unemployment benefit, 50,000 more than before the pandemic.

Why can't Britain's young people meet the needs for jobs?
 
What hinders them? The answer lies in those two words we now hear every day: "mental health." According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a record 2.8 million Britons are out of work due to 'long-term illness', of which 560,000 are aged 16-34.
 
In a report analyzing ONS figures, the Health Foundation charity says the proportion of people not working because of mental health problems has almost doubled in 11 years, from more than six per cent in 2012 to 12.7 per cent in 2023. -shin./ CNA

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