Mental health problems 'can stem from a recession'

Mental health issues tend to increase during times of recession because of the effect that the wider economy has on a person's finances and career. Kevin Friery, Clinical Director at Right Corecare, noted such problems escalate among working-age adults as they represent a loss of control.

His comments came in response to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, which showed there is close correlation between suicide rates in people of this age and the state of the economy.

Mr Friery explained: "Certainly, people will actually commit suicide over what others might think are actually very trivial amounts of money."

Individuals often feel blocked if they believe their employment is threatened or that they cannot progress further in their role, he added.

The report also showed that graphical analyses highlighted the fact that overall suicide rates tend to rise at a time of recession and reduce during expansions.

Kim Stephenson, Chartered Psychologist, said: "Financial problems don't have to lead to suicide, marital problems, ill-health or other negative outcomes. They tend to, because people often interpret issues as being insurmountable problems, as meaning total failure and as having no possible happy ending for them."

"So people often see problems as being permanent, personal to them and all pervasive. In fact, by re-framing attitudes to life and problems, getting the appropriate help and focusing on other aspects (such as helping other people) it is possible to make the challenges, problems and depression into exciting future options and actually move forward feeling better."

"Of course, saying that is simple, doing it can be very, very hard - which is why getting the appropriate help is so important."

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