We all are in the middle of a pandemic that has affected the economy of every country to a greater extent. It has also made many people jobless during the lockdown period. Now, as the impact of the corona has subsided a little and the lockdown has been lifted in several countries, many youths are suffering from depression as they are in search of a new job.
Employment insecurity linked to depressions, as a study says
A study published in an online journal suggests that nearly 60 percent of the youth in the US have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic. Amongst those, some had household jobs while some had office jobs. Anyhow, they are surviving through the pandemic. But now, the situation has become worse since many of them are linked with depression and a mental health breakdown. The common symptoms of anxiety and depression can be noticed in the majority of them.
The youth facing job loss at the starting of the career are more prone to being depressed
Many of these youth are just at the beginning of their career. And thus, getting a blow like this made them lose hope adamantly. A senior author of the University of California said, “Young adults are especially affected by employment loss since they are just starting their careers.” He further added, “Internships have been canceled and employment offers have been rescinded during the pandemic.” This clearly shows, how helpless they might be feeling when they are on the verge of achievements and success.
The situation may turn worse if immediate help is not provided
If this situation continues for a longer time period, then it may turn fatal for many youths. The authors who conducted the survey said in this regard, “Young adults experiencing depression or anxiety should seek professional help early on. During the pandemic, there are more options to access telehealth and other mental health resources virtually.” These youths must seek help and do not lose hope. Better days are indeed coming!
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- It is evident that the government must make policies to control the spread of corona. But it is also necessary that similar steps are taken to boost the economy and provide employment to the youth of the country. If the joblessness continues, then the situations are going to be worse in the coming years.
- Employers should take care of the ones working under them. They can hold the salaries, or give half the salaries but showing them the door because you cannot pay them is not at all a good move in such a situation. Good times will come and they must hold on to the employees till the situations become normal.
- The ones who have lost their jobs and are in search of another job must also not lose hope. They must not be depressed, rather, they must find alternate career options to sustain better in this pandemic situations.