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Depressed youngsters give up hope that life has any meaning

PUBLISHED: 16:11 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Despair... youngsters often feel life has little meaning

Despair... youngsters often feel life has little meaning

A GENERATION of depressed youngsters appears to be growing up in London who think like has little meaning, according to research by the Prince’s Trust. Many drift into false support systems’ such as drugs and street gangs, researchers have found, with one-in-10 believing life has no purpose

By Mike Brooke

A GENERATION of depressed youngsters appears to be growing up in London who think like has little meaning, according to research by the Prince's Trust.

Many drift into 'false support systems' such as drugs and street gangs, researchers have found, with one-in-10 believing life has no purpose.

The trust is battling to steer youngsters without jobs away from anti-social street behaviour after a survey found a quarter of the 16 to 25-year-olds they quizzed admitted being depressed.

"This reveals an increasingly vulnerable generation," said Rosemary Watt-Wyness, regional director of the trust's London team.

"But we have schemes to help steer youngsters away from false support systems such as gangs, drugs and alcohol, giving them new direction.

"They tell us that 'family' is key to their happiness, yet too often we find they don't have this crucial support."

The Prince's Trust YouGov research, based on interviews with 2,000 youngsters up and down the country, shows 29 per cent in London alone were not as happy now as they were as children, while 17 per cent often 'feel like crying .'


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