Mental health problems 'can result from unemployment'

Long-term unemployment can play a part in the development of mental health problems, it has been claimed.

Emma Mamo, Policy and Campaigns Manager at Mind, noted a person's self esteem can take a considerable blow if they are made redundant.

The expert observed being out of work for a significant period can lead to a number of problems that can impact on mental health.

These include loss of identity, financial hardship and the removal of daily routines that are often created through work, she explained.

Ms Mamo added: "Men are particularly vulnerable in the current economic climate, with an estimated one in seven developing depression after 6 months of losing their job."

She claimed those who do have experience with mental health conditions may encounter discrimination in the workplace, as many employers still view hiring such people as a risky choice.

The publication Taking Care of Business was recently created by Mind and the Federation of Small Businesses to provide fresh guidance on mental health matters in employment.

Dr David Fryer, Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, said: "High quality research from a large number of countries over more [than] seven decades using a wide variety of methods - from detailed community case studies to meta-analysis of results from longitudinal research studies using large samples and validated measure of mental health - has established beyond reasonable doubt that unemployment leads to mental health problems for many people."

"The current deep cuts in employment will thus inevitably lead to increased mental health problems in the UK."