Large proportion of young adults in UK suffer from stress or depression

At least one in ten young adults in Britain are suffering from serious depression, according to a new survey.

In a poll of more than two thousand 16 to 25-year-olds, around a tenth said they were struggling to cope with the pressure of day-to-day life.

According to, more than a quarter of those in employment said they often suffered from stress. This figure rose to a staggering 48 per cent amongst not those in employment, education or training.

More than in five of those questioned said they felt they had no-one talk to about their problems, which arguably highlights a greater demand for counselling services in the UK. Many of those in counselling careers provide essential help for unemployed people who need someone to talk to about their stress.

The poll was conducted by The Princes Trust. The group's chief executive Martina Milburn claimed that the amount of depressed unemployed people in the UK was "frightening."

In an interview with, she said: "We know at The Princes Trust that it is often those from the most vulnerable backgrounds who end up furthest from the job market. Life can become a demoralising downward spiral - from a challenging childhood into life as a jobless adult - but with the right support we can help get these lives on track."