Your government wants you to know:
Economic turmoil (e.g., increased unemployment, foreclosures, loss of investments and other financial distress) can result in a whole host of negative health effects - both physical and mental. It can be particularly devastating to your emotional and mental well-being. Although each of us is affected differently by economic troubles, these problems can add tremendous stress, which in turn can substantially increase the risk for developing such problems as:PERSONALLY, I really prefer how Americans dealt with this kind of stuff in the 1930s (see video above).
* Compulsive Behaviors (over-eating, excessive gambling, spending, etc.)
* Substance Abuse
Other Steps You Can Take
Acknowledge that economic downturns can be frightening to everyone, but that there are ways of getting through them - from engaging in healthy activities, positive thinking, supportive relationships, to seeking help when needed from health professionals.
Encourage community-based organizations and groups to provide increased levels of mental health treatment and support to those who are severely affected by the economy.
Work together to help all members of the community build their resiliency and successfully return to healthy and productive lives.
For further information on mental health or substance abuse issues please visit The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).