After losing your job, the missing money may be the least of your worries. Getting pink-slipped can cause the loss of something much more important: your life, as a new study in the Lancet suggests. Out of all suicide deaths worldwide, the researchers estimated that 1 in 5 are tied to unemployment. That adds up to an estimated 45,000 suicides each year. And both men and women—no matter their age—are at an increased risk when they find themselves out of work.“Having a job is very important for an individual,” says study author Carlos Nordt, Ph.D., of the University of Zurich. Jobs are tied to your self-esteem, your social standing, and your financial freedom.So it’s no surprise that when you lose yours, you really start to feel the stress.“It’s not just about the money,” says Fran McKee Ryan, Ph.D., an associate professor of management and organizational behavior at the University of Nevada. “Some even describe it as a ‘grieving’ process.”Losing your paycheck can damage your pride. Plus, guys tend to experience a greater blow to their egos when they get canned, especially if they’re the sole providers for their family. This stems from the old-school belief that it’s the man’s job… Read full this story
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