Unemployment and mental health
Researchers have been looking at how unemployment affects mental health since the Great Depression of the 1930s, if not earlier. This body of research has shown that becoming unemployed has a negative impact on mental health. Also, people with mental health problems are more likely than others to become unemployed.
This Issue Briefing summarizes the key research behind these findings and explores the implications for policy-makers in governments, and health and safety service providers.