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Economic Woes Add to Winter Blues, Mental Health Concerns
Date:2/17/2009

basic needs. In fact, about 8 out of 10 adults said that the economy is a significant cause of stress, up from 66 percent in April.

The state of the economy is affecting mental health jobs as well. The National Council advocates for policies that ensure that people who are ill can access services. However, tough times are forcing states to reevaluate their allocation of funds. Often times this leads to mental health associations and care centers losing funding. This timing is unfortunate as community mental health centers nationwide have seen an upsurge in the number of new patients in recent months.

"The loss of jobs and benefits is very stressful, so we are seeing more people facing depression, anxiety and psycho-somatic illnesses," said Janice Wilson, CEO of the NorthShore Health Centers in Portage, IN, where 75 percent of new patients in recent weeks are being referred for conditions related to job loss or the worsening economy.

The Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center in Waterloo, IA is expecting a 25 percent increase in the number of new mental health patients this year compared to last year. While some of the new cases are people with psychiatric conditions caused by a string of recent disasters in the area, others are people suffering from anxiety and depression brought on by the economic downturn.

To help cope with what appears to be a long-term economic downturn, people can follow some simple guidelines:

  • Focus on positive aspects of your life. Look to family and friends to support you.
  • Exercise, m
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