With more casual and part-time work, unemployment and underemployment is still a big problem in Australia.
According to statistics from the Lowy Institute, in July this year, there were almost 280,000 unemployed 15-24 year olds and more than a third of the unemployed are in this age group.
But what happens if you are unemployed and then develop mental health issues and can’t look for work because of becoming unwell? As part of our Mental Health week series, The Wire investigates the effects of unemployment on youth mental health.
If this story has raised any mental health concerns for you, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.