One in eight young people in Lancashire reveal they are too anxious to leave the house

Still anxious: Imogenn Thornton, 19, suffers from anxiety

Still anxious: Imogenn Thornton, 19, suffers from anxiety

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Unemployed young people in Lancashire are at risk of becoming “socially isolated” as more than one in eight young people in Lancashire admit to often feeling too anxious to leave the house.

The shocking statistic that as many as 13 per cent of the county’s 16-25 year-olds feel this way comes after the Prince’s Trust charity conducted interviews with 2,265 16-to-25-year-olds across the UK.

And it also revealed that 25 per cent of young people in Lancashire admit to “falling apart” emotionally on a regular basis with unemployed young people significantly more likely to report this than those in work, education or training.

Jonathan Townsend, regional director, of youth charity The Prince’s Trust, said: “Thousands of young people in Lancashire feel like prisoners in their own homes.

“Without the right support, these young people become socially isolated - struggling with day-to-day life and slipping further and further from the jobs market.

“Our programmes are proven to help even the most vulnerable young people find work and turn their lives around.”

One young woman who turned her life of chaos around, now works at a Preston funeral directors, thanks to her involvement with the charity.

Imogenn Thornton, 19, said, “I still get anxious and find that it helps to have someone with me if I go shopping or something like that but, at work, I feel safe and have my head together.

“Sometimes I’ll feel like I can’t leave the house because I’ll be anxious about what people think of me.

“Now I’ll go to workshops and things like that to get help with coping strategies.”