Gallup has a poll/study titled “In U.S., Depression Rates Higher for Long-Term Unemployed” which makes the claim that “Mental health poorest among those jobless for six months or more” as seen here:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The longer that Americans are unemployed, the more likely they are to report signs of poor psychological well-being. About one in five Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more say they currently have or are being treated for depression — almost double the rate among those who have been unemployed for five weeks or less.
These findings are based on surveys with 356,599 Americans, including 18,322 unemployed adults, conducted in 2013 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Gallup finds that unemployed Americans are more than twice as likely as those with full-time jobs to say they currently have or are being treated for depression — 12.4% vs. 5.6%, respectively. However, the depression rate among the long-term unemployed — which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as those who have been seeking work for 27 weeks or more — jumps to 18.0%.
Is this another incidence of common sense seems fleeting to these people? Look, nothing is more devastating to someone that feels pride in doing work and taking care of themselves than the ability to do that. None of the bullshit “safety nets” put in by liberals can compete with the ability to actually stay gainfully employed by people that value such a thing. Sure, if you are one of those perpetually sucking at the government teat types, depression will come when you no longer can mooch off the productive, but I fucking could care less about those people being depressed. In fact, I would love to see a whole lot more of that, and a lot less formerly productive people being depressed because economy crushing psuedo-marxist-fascist nanny state progressive government expansion have ravaged the employment landscape.
Nothing is free. No system that rewards negative behavior will ever do anything but encourage more of it, no matter how noble the intent behind it. Life is harsh. People that want to forget or mitigate that always make it worse. Ben Franklin pointed out how one should never trade freedom for security, because you would end up with less of either, but I think this philosophy applies in a far broader sense than he meant it (or perhaps as we understood what he meant).
Our current social system is broken. It doesn’t exist to serve those productive members of society that are temporarily afflicted with bad luck or circumstances that require them to seek help – in fact, it often punishes those people, harshly, requiring them to lose everything before they qualify for help – and actually exists to prop up an ever growing segment of people that feel entitled to the fruits of other people’s labor, simply by the virtue that they were born. Romney got demonized, obviously by the special interests that gain the most from the existing broken system, for pointing out that a very dangerously large portion of our population now votes for a living, but he was dead on. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, and any other such government assistance are a poor substitute for gainful employment, but you can’t buy votes from people that have economic freedom and don’t want to be ripped off by your unicorn fart sniffing cult.
The most important thing that our government should have been doing over the last 6 years was to make changes that would encourage economic growth and employment. Instead they pretended to implement things to “help” people that did the exact opposite and cost us economic growth. And that was all done while incurring massive and insurmountable new debt levels. Obamacare is the biggest economy killing government scam to come our way. We should get used to European level unemployment here, as this system can’t avoid causing that, while watching the quality, access to care, and improvement of care go down, while costs, waiting times, and pain go up. Don’t take my word for it: the horrible happenings that amount to the VA scandal, which was so conveniently removed from the public eye recently, is Obamacare as a Proof of Concept. And Obamacare has plenty of help from other economy crushing progressive agenda schemes and scams, like the recent EPA regulations that have continued to make the cost of energy skyrocket.
Unemployed, and those unemployed for a long time, are going to be depressed. They have been robbed of their dignity by a system that feels it is more important to protect those that vote to keep the nanny state big and fat than to actually help them.