Without the job that consumed a good portion of their waking lives, many people find themselves stuck in neutral without the motivation to move forward. Sometimes this rut leads to depression and even suicide.Widespread increases in unemployment, usually in the context of unstable or declining economic opportunity, are strongly linked with increases in suicide rates; the largest changes in the economic cycle generally produce the largest increases in suicides. These links between unemployment and suicide are especially strong for working-age men, but show up in other groups as well, including women. Suicide rates tend to decrease with rising optimism and opportunity.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center recommends individuals engage in activities that relieve anxiety and emotional stress and focus on managing areas in their lives where they still have some control. For instance, people can strengthen their connections with family members and friends, schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities, and seek re-employment training.
The resource center also recommends individuals who need additional help and support seek the advice of a faith leader, doctor, or community health or mental health clinic. And anyone who feels they are in suicidal crisis (or are concerned about someone who is) should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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