Health of the long term unemployed
Health of the long term unemployed – cause and effect of illness
The long term unemployed have a higher rate of disease, especially mental illness, than employed persons and those who are unemployed only for a short time. The burden of disease increases with the duration of unemployment. Unemployment seems to be not only an effect of illness, but also a cause of it:
- What is the health care situation of the long term unemployed?
- What is the effect of unemployment on their health?
- What are the implications for social and health policy?
Long term unemployed have higher health risk for:
- Mental illness, depression and anxiety disorders, compared to employed persons
- Mortality rate is 1.6-fold higher
- Limited evidence indicates that the long term unemployed have a moderately elevated prevalence of alcoholism
- Unemployment also seems to be associated with higher risks of heart attack and stroke
- Cancer can lead to loss of employment
Source: Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Jun;110(23-24):413-9. doi: 10.3238/arztebl.2013.0413. Epub 2013 Jun 10.
Health in the long-term unemployed. Herbig B, Dragano N, Angerer P.
Source Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.
The link between unemployment and poorer health will be addressed at Long Term Unemployment conference.
Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014
The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014 is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment [Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous, Disability, Regional] . The conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association; an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation.
Do you want to speak at this conference on breaking the vicious circle of unemployment and poor health – call for papers for presentations are now open.