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5 Ways to Find Mental Health Help if You’re Unemployed

The stress of unemployment can take a toll on your mental health, but there are resources that can help.

By Dave Warner

5 Ways to Find Mental Health Help if You’re Unemployed

A survery shows that people who are unemployed are twice as likely to be concerned about their mental health.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Losing a job can knock you for a loop in many ways—the loss of income, the loss of structure in your day, the blow to your self-esteem. And for increasing numbers of Americans, it also means a struggle with mental health issues.

THE DETAILS: Mental Health America, which calls itself the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives, released a survey last October that underscored the connection between job loss and mental health:

• Unemployed people are four times more likely than others to report symptoms consistent with mental illness.
• Some 13 percent of unemployed people say they have thoughts of harming themselves.
• The unemployed are twice as likely as others to be concerned about their mental health, or their use of alcohol or drugs.
• Many have not spoken with a health professional about their concerns, and of those, 42 percent say it’s because of the cost or a lack of insurance.

Read on to see suggestions for finding mental health help.


Published on: February 11, 2010

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