Mental illness and unemployment

Unemployment higher for those with a mental illness (4.0%) than those without (2.7%) 2007 ABS

Employment provides income as well as an opportunity for social engagement and improved self-esteem. In 2007, unemployment was higher for those with a mental illness (4.0%) than those without (2.7%). The employment to population ratio was lower for people with a mental illness (69%) than those without (76%). The gap was greater for women than men (8 percentage points compared with 3 percentage points). Read More

Mental illness and unemployment conference

Unemployment and Mental Illness will be key focus areas for an upcoming conference. The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference in 2014 will focus on the at-risk groups:  Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional

These groups are the most vulnerable to economic change.  They continue to have lower employment participation rates than what is needed to guard against poverty and disadvantage. The impact on individuals and families, society and the economy of long-term unemployment is immense. Many of these at risk groups experience multiple or severe barriers to work.  These challenges are compounded by mental health issues, homelessness, family break down, and isolation.  Early intervention and targeted programs for those facing more than 12 months, or longer,  of unemployment are needed.

Long-Term Unemployment will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
URL: www.longtermunemployment.org.au    Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068
 
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