A recent survey conducted by the Prince’s Trust highlighted the difficulties faced by 16-25 year olds, especially those not in work, education or training (so called Neets).
The annual youth index, which questioned 2,136 young people, found that 52% of Neets often or always felt depressed. Many of those in work (27%) also cited that they often or always feel down or depressed.
The survey, now in it’s 5th year, also found that 22% did not have someone to talk to about their problems.
The symptoms of depression can be mild, with a low mood that soon picks up, or it can be a consistent low mood that lasts for several weeks or more. This can prevent a person from functioning to their full ability and is not something that can be changed overnight.
Depression can be a particularly devastating illness that affects the body, mood, behaviour and thoughts. If treatment does not occur, symptoms can be present for many years. Particularly concerning is the potential for suicidal thoughts.
A range of psychological interventions are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression including: cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, interpersonal therapy, behavioural activation, behavioural couples therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.