Youth unemployment in western Sydney contributing to more mental health problems

High unemployment rates in western Sydney are leading to mental health problems and are placing a strain on services.

High unemployment rates in western Sydney are leading to mental health problems and are placing a strain on services.

HIGH youth unemployment is creating a mental health crisis for western Sydney, ­experts say.

Blacktown-based Marist 180 said recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Labour Force Survey found the youth unemployment rate in Blacktown was 9.9 per cent and 13.2 per cent in Parramatta.