Recession And Unemployment Hits Mentally Ill ‘Twice As Hard’

Recession And Unemployment Hits Mentally Ill ‘Twice As Hard’ As General Population, UK study

Unemployment is hitting the mentally ill twice as hard as it is the general population, a study has found.

Across Europe, people with mental health problems have been disproportionately affected by the recession, said researchers. Between 2006 and 2010, their unemployment rate had risen by 5.5% compared with 2.7% for those unaffected by mental illness. In the later year, unemployment in Europe stood at 18.2% for people with mental health problems and 9.8% for other members of the population.

Recession And Unemployment Hits Mentally Ill

The findings, reported in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE, are based on data collected from more than 20,000 people in 27 European Union countries.

euLead author Dr Sara Evans-Lacko, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said: “The economic recession has had enormous impact across much of Europe, but there is little information about the specific impact of the recession on groups who are already vulnerable to social exclusion, specifically people with mental health problems. Men with mental health problems were especially affected. In 2010, 21.7% of them – more than a fifth – were unemployed.

Read more of the original article The Huffington Post Edition: UK |   Posted: 27/07/2013 10:14 BST

 

Mental Health and Mental Illness will be key issues discussed at a long term unemployment conference 

The Long Term Unemployment  conference was initiated by Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH) Inc member concerns about Mental Health and Mental Illness being addressed in the Long Term Unemployment debate. The LTU conference plans to be broader than mental health to engage as many stakeholders to see common ground and shared experiences.

LTU-LogoLong-Term Unemployment Conference 2014

A national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment | Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional |

18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise

URL: www.longtermunemployment.org.au  Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068

An initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation.

 

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