Higher rate of suicide amongst jobless young people – Senator Kathryn Reilly

‘Those not engaged in education, employment or training three times more likely to attempt suicide than working compatriots’

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Senator Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Fein, Cavan
Senator Kathryn Reilly,
Sinn Fein, Cavan

Sinn Féin Senator and Youth Affairs Spokesperson Kathryn Reilly has stated that a study recently carried in The Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine highlights how governmental ineptitude and inactivity in response to the youth crisis is having a detrimental effect on the mental health of young people.  

She said:

“A recent study carried out by the College of Psychiatry of Ireland’s scientific journal The Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine has outlined how young people who are not engaged in education, employment or training (NEETs) are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their working compatriots.

“The report recently released which was entitled ‘The association between economic inactivity and mental health among young people’ outlined that the study is very current in terms of the Ireland of 2015.

“The report went on to detail the worrying trend of an increase in suicide ideation among young people in the NEET category. Given that suicide ideation is among the first issues which can eventually lead to suicide attempts, it is vital that the government look at areas where cuts to services and amenities in local areas is having a negative impact on young people obtaining access to education and training services as well as employment opportunities.

“However, we should not lose sight that this is a political issue; community services have been cut under this government, young people have been the victims of ageist social welfare policies perpetrated against them, funding for educational services has been cut, and mental health funding has not been forthcoming, amongst much more.

“The easy thing to do in this instance is to pathologise young people; however, the government needs to empower these people who have a wealth of talent and vision which can contribute to a positive future for Ireland. The only way this can be done is by implementing comprehensively a function Youth Guarantee and by putting funding back into local areas for services and amenities.”