The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2015 reveals that anxiety is gripping young people’s confidence, with more than one in 10 often feeling too anxious to leave the house and over half worried about everyday situations.

Almost half of Millennials’ admit to avoid meeting new people and two-fifths struggle to make eye contact, according to The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2015 (PDF, 2mb).

It doesn’t stop there. One fifth of respondents said they ‘fall apart’ emotionally on a regular basis, rising to one third among the long-term unemployed.

The report – which also explores bullying, troubled childhoods and resilience – also highlights that the anxiety issue is preventing young people from looking after their health and securing jobs.

But, we want every young person to know that our range of programmes – from Fairbridge to Enterprise – can rebuild their confidence and help them take their first steps towards a positive future.

Martina Milburn CBE, our chief executive, says:

Thousands of young people feel like prisoners in their own homes. Without the right support, they become socially isolated - struggling with day-to-day life and slipping further and further from the jobs market. But, we can help even the most vulnerable young people find work and turn their lives around.

Take Daniel Swift, 21, from Stoke on Trent, for example. He was scared to go to school where he was bullied. Although he left with some GCSEs, he was unable to hold down a job which caused tension at home. So, he left and, with no other option, he became homeless.

Not believing he could ever make a success of his life, he felt beaten until he was introduced to our Get into Logistics with DHL programme. Impressing everyone one the course with his punctuality, fast thinking and accuracy, he was offered a job and has since dealt with his past and moved back home.  

Daniel is just one of the 58,000 young people we helped last year to get back into work, education or training.

David Fass, CEO of Macquarie Group, EMEA, says:

Young people are our future and it’s important that we invest in them and provide them with the tools they need to reach their full potential.

This is one of our 2015 priorities, as our Youth Index report reveals that 45 per cent of young people feel they have nothing to look forward to and 47 per cent ‘always’ or ‘often’ feeling down or depressed."

Shirley Cramer CBE, CEO of The Royal Society for Public Health, says: “Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can have a devastating impact on young people’s lives, affecting their relationships, self-confidence and job prospects. We want to work with the public sector and charities like The Prince’s Trust to help young people get the support they need.”

The findings are based on interviews with 2,265 16-to-25-year-olds, which forms our seventh annual Youth Index report which gauges young people’s wellbeing.

Download the 2015 Youth Index (PDF, 2mb)

Youth Index 2015 infographic