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Mental health conversations have become more common in today’s society especially with the overwhelming stresses of life overcoming more people. Researchers have been diving deep into this topic to try and understand the intricacies of mental health, in the hopes of coming up with better therapeutic approaches and more importantly, better preventative measures.

A recent study conducted by scientists from the Center for Research in Occupational Health (CISAL) in Spain highlights the latest findings about mental health. The research that young people in unstable work environment are more predisposed to mental health illnesses than their counterparts with secure jobs.

The researchers that conducted the study sought to establish the link between working life and the various pathways associated with mental illnesses. The study evaluated participants between 18 and 28 years old from Catalonia. The participants had at least one episode in which they missed work between 2012 and 2014 due to issues relating to mental disorders.

The researchers were particularly interested in understanding how the transitions between contracts, employment and unemployment affected the mental health of young individuals who do not have a social security safety net. They also evaluated how working in a public or privately owned company affected the subject.

Lack of job security translates to higher risk of mental health issues according to the study

The study findings revealed that individuals who enjoy decent levels of job security and a stable work life were absent from work for fewer days because of mental health issues. In contrast, people with unstable jobs had more days away from work due to mental health challenges.

“Our results show that a precarious labor market may be shaping the future mental health of the young working population,” stated Amaya Ayala-Garcia, the lead author in the study.

The findings also highlight a major red flag in the society because job insecurity has gotten worse ever since the global pandemic occurred. Unemployment has been on the rise, and so the study results indicate that more young people might suffer from mental illnesses in the near future. The researchers suggest that governments should adjust their public health policies so that they can address these challenges as early as possible to prevent further problems in the future.