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Sick of Being Unemployed? The health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them

Sick of Being Unemployed? The health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them

Jenny Gulliford, Damian Shannon, Tyna Taskila,David Wilkins, Martin Tod and Stephen Bevan
11 June 2014

Unemployment is bad for your health and evidence suggests that men are overall more likely to suffer adverse health consequences than women. This is particularly evident with those employed in temporary or unstable work, and amongst those men with a lower socio-economic status.

This report with the Men's Health Forum finds that:

• Men are nearly twice as likely to have mental health problems due to being unemployed than women;

• 800 extra male and 155 female suicides between 2008-2010 were linked to the recession above the trend which had been decreasing;

• Unemployed men actively seeking work have a 20% greater risk of death than employed men.

Not only is poor health a potential outcome of unemployment for men, but it is also a barrier to returning to and staying in work. Employment services in the UK have not fully addressed this , despite potential within the Work Programme to provide specialist health support. The report recommends that as unemployed men are less likely to access health services, new ways to support the health needs of this group are urgently needed if both health and unemployment outcomes are to improve.

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