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Unemployment causing depression in Youth

Unemployment has always been a topic of discussion in India and it is increasing over time, the youth of our country have been troubled by unemployment. According to a survey in 2019, the estimated youth unemployment rate in India was at 23.01 percent, the data are ILO estimates. And it is not that all these young people are illiterate, these people are very educated, they are graduates, they are postgraduates, they have the diploma, even then they are not getting jobs, then why did they not come in depression. I have some friends who are graduates but they are not able to get jobs that is why they are going into depression and remain unhappy. Every month, one million Indians become age-qualified to join the workforce, but the growth in jobs doesn't keep pace with the growing number of candidates. The result: unemployment is on the rise, despite India being perceived as a bright spot in a slowing global economy.

Unemployment was there in India but after this coronavirus pandemic, more problems increased, With the spread of the coronavirus, almost every week there are reports of thousands of employees being laid off without pay, fired from jobs, huge cuts in salary from one area or the other. David Blustein, professor of counseling psychology at Boston College and author of The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty: The Eroding Work Experience in America, says, "The global epidemic of unemployment is coming. I call it a crisis within a crisis." People who have suddenly lost their jobs or employment due to the lockdown are facing financial problems as well as psychological challenges. Financial help ware being given by governments, voluntary organizations, but the question is how to handle your feelings when a job loss or employment is closed? How not let negative emotions overwhelm you?

Psychologists believe that the grief of losing a job is equivalent to the loss of oneself and that a person may even experience loss of employment at any stage of feeling and coping with it—that is, being shocked and not accepting the situation. , then anger and finally acceptance and hope- may pass by. "I tell people they're going through a sense of loss, and when they accept that, they're more generous with themselves and better able to feel their feelings," Benson says. "But many people don't want to accept their feelings. Like when they lose their job in this environment they will say to themselves that when this is the situation with everyone because of the pandemic then why I am feeling so sad. I should not be so sad, etc."

“But to overcome any suffering, we must first accept that we are sad and that our suffering is natural. So when we feel that we have lost something personal, hope, opportunity or a relationship then we allow ourselves to be sad and start moving forward."

Studies show that people who faced financial or job difficulties or housing problems during the Great Depression were at higher risk of mental illness. Now in such a situation, the question is, how do people who are facing this unprecedented situation maintain their balance? After any loss, people should evaluate their situation and decide which of these things they can control and which they cannot control and then focus on those things which they can control. Along with identifying the problem that is in front of us, such as reducing the cost of the house after losing the job and taking some measures for it, if we assume that the situation is going to be difficult for some time and until the situation Improvement, lifestyle changes are necessary, then something will be easy.

Many job seekers are unable to find the right place to work. Job referrals in top companies can help the job seekers to prepare and crack the interview accordingly. To eradicate unemployment, job seekers need to find the right company and get a job with a qualified salary. This will ease the frictional unemployment crisis in India. Unemployment can also end if every fresher graduate is given a chance to work in companies. If the job seekers get the right career guidance, get trained, and employable, every top company would like to hire them. Education, career guidance, skill-based training together can solve the unemployment crisis in India. Depression is not the solution, just be more practical and find out what’s going wrong, because defining the problem may help you to get the solution soon.


The overall prevalence of depression among the youth who are employed in the present study was 30.9%, in which, 56.7% had mild depression, 36% had moderate depression, and 7.3% had severe depression. Being a male and had a long duration of unemployment low self-esteem, poor social support, and current alcohol use were significantly associated with depression, which not good at all and leads to other mental problems. After seeing all these figures, you must have got worried, but what is the solution to all of them, how can all these be corrected? The policymakers and program planners should establish the appropriate strategy for prevention, early detection, and management of depression among this population. In addition, improving access to depression care is an important next step in meeting the needs of unemployed youth. In addition, we recommend further studies to understand the nature of depression in unemployed youth and to strengthen the current results.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago by tavishi.s

Sad development we're all facing

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