Jobs de­lay con­tribut­ing to men­tal well­be­ing

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Mental Health Awareness Month -

Anew re­port from Vichealth and Lat­eral Eco­nom­ics has found the de­lay in grad­u­ates find­ing full-time work is hav­ing a se­ri­ous im­pact on their men­tal well­be­ing.

The re­port also shows the de­lay is cost­ing Vic­to­ria up to $100-mil­lion a year.

The av­er­age grad­u­ate takes 2.6 years to find ‘mean­ing­ful’ full-time work – up from just one year in 1986.

The re­port found the men­tal-well­be­ing im­pact of this de­lay might po­ten­tially cause a cost to the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity of be­tween $60-mil­lion to $100-mil­lion a year into the fu­ture.

The re­port also found that up to half of these costs could be avoided by in­creas­ing sup­port for young peo­ple’s men­tal well­be­ing and so­cial con­nec­tion.

Key find­ings in­cluded – • The men­tal-well­be­ing im­pact ex­pe­ri­enced by young Vic­to­ri­ans by the de­layed tran­si­tion costs Vic­to­ria up to $100-mil­lion a year. This equated to a life­time cost to the econ­omy of $1.25 bil­lion. • The avoid­able por­tion of this cost was be­tween $30-mil­lion and $50-mil­lion if the im­pact on men­tal well­be­ing could be re­duced. • Young Vic­to­ri­ans also stood to lose up to an ad­di­tional $130,000 of lost earn­ings – in real terms – dur­ing their life­time • Due to in­creased rates of unem­ploy­ment and un­der-em­ploy­ment, the un­der-use of young peo­ple in the work­force had in­creased from 19 per­cent to 30 per­cent dur­ing the past decade.

Vichealth chief ex­ec­u­tive Jer­ril Rechter said the re­port high­lighted the large costs to Vic­to­ri­ans as­so­ci­ated with the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of unem­ploy­ment and un­der-em­ploy­ment on young peo­ple’s men­tal well­be­ing.

“This research shows the tran­si­tion to full-time work is a re­ally tough time for young Vic­to­ri­ans, with many ex­pe­ri­enc­ing stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion as a re­sult,” she said.

“Gone are the days of walk­ing straight out of univer­sity into a job be­ing the norm. For most young peo­ple it now takes years of churn­ing through in­se­cure and of­ten un­paid work be­fore se­cur­ing a mean­ing­ful full-time role.

“We can’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact this is hav­ing on young Vic­to­ri­ans’ well­be­ing now, but also over their life­time.

“The great news is that there’s a lot we can do to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion for many of our young Vic­to­ri­ans.

“That’s why Vichealth is look­ing to work with a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as phi­lan­thropists, in­vestors and cor­po­rates, to shape a more sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for young Vic­to­ri­ans as they start their ca­reers.”

In re­sponse to the find­ings, Vichealth has been con­sult­ing a jury of young peo­ple on pro­grams and poli­cies they need to im­prove their men­tal well­be­ing as they go through this de­layed tran­si­tion to work.

Con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne

A sec­ond an­nual Na­tional NDIS and Men­tal Health Con­fer­ence will be at Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 1.

The two-day con­fer­ences, pre­sented by Com­mu­nity Men­tal Health Aus­tralia and Men­tal Health Vic­to­ria, will fea­ture lead­ing men­tal health and Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme ex­perts, con­sumers and cares for Aus­tralia and over sea­sons.

The con­fer­ence theme is Men­tal Health Po­lice, Prac­tice and Re­form: Get­ting It Right in a Time of Change.

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