Cause and Effect Economic Decline on Mental Health.
When we hear the word Recession we automatically think money, unemployment, but what about the reality of the mental status of our generation that lived through the recession of 2008? What mental issues stem from the main issues of unemployment, and poverty due to the recession? What where the rising cost for mental health services due to the recession? Finally what will our generation carrying into the future due to living through the down turn of the economy? After reading and evaluating several statistic and writings I will show the cause and effects because of all three during the recession of 2008. Reviewing the poverty level due to the recession, which is contributed most to the
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We start losing programs funded by he government that are needed more during times of poverty. With the loss of these assistance programs, it starts to affect family dynamics. Once happy families, start to have stress from worrying about providing for their families. With Stress come certain breakdowns in the family units. Husbands start to feel less of the provider for their families, causing them to turn to unhealthy means of de-stressing themselves, an example being alcoholism. These communication breakdowns cause arguments and disagreements between spouses leading to divorce rates slowly rising. We also see more latch key kids because both parents are now working to pay the bills, or a single parent has to work twice as hard as they once did to simply pay for childcare. When a family unit must turn to public assistance, they will start to make a difference in their situation just for a government program to cut them off, and then they are right back in the poverty level again. Starting what they call a cascading affect. ( “Poverty and Welfare.”.) When we see the mental health of the public declining, we start to see a rise in people seeking help for the issues they find themselves suffering from. “The crisis threatens to squeeze mental health services between two conflicting forces: a recession-induced increase in demand for mental health services and a slump in revenues at the public