A clinical study
was conducted to determine whether employment programs introduced to provide employment opportunities to low-income families could also help reduce mental health disorders among these people.
A mental disorder is characterized by a clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s thinking, emotions, or behavior. It is usually associated with distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. One in every eight people in the world lives with a mental disorder. Anxiety and depression are two common mental disorders. Globally, mental disorders are the largest contributor to the global burden of disease (GBD) and to years lived with disability. As of 2018 common mental disorders (CMDs) accounted for 12.7% of total years lived with disability.
Traditionally, psychotherapy and medications are used to manage these mental disorders with moderate results. However, these techniques fail to address the social causes of these mental disorders such as poverty and unemployment. Hence it is thought that reducing poverty by providing employment opportunities to the public might reduce the burden of common mental disorders. However, strong clinical data to support this hypothesis is lacking.
The clinical study was an analysis of five previously conducted clinical trials. The clinical study aimed to find the association between employment programs and mental health.
The findings of the study indicated that employment programs had a positive impact on mental health outcomes. Specifically, the studies showed that employment programs were associated with a reduction in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.
The authors of the study suggest that employment programs can help individuals with mental health conditions by providing a sense of purpose, structure, and social support. Additionally, employment programs can improve financial stability, which can reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
The results of this clinical study are important because mental health conditions are a significant burden on individuals, families, and society. Unemployment can worsen mental health outcomes, and individuals with mental health conditions are more likely to experience unemployment. This emphasizes that employment programs may be an effective intervention for people with mental health disorders and governments, policymakers, and organizations should consider implementing these programs to improve the mental health of the public.
In conclusion, this clinical study provides evidence that employment programs can have a positive impact on mental health outcomes, particularly for individuals with mental health conditions who are seeking employment. The findings suggest that employment programs that address mental health, as well as unemployment, may provide an effective intervention for individuals with mental health conditions. This emphasizes the need for such programs at the government and organizational levels.