The seasonally adjusted Labour Force Survey estimates for Northern Ireland for the period June-August 2020 showed that over the quarter the unemployment rate increased by 1.2pps to 3.7%. I believe this figure alone represents the start of the labour market shake-out and beginning of crises (as being able to be seen through data) for the labour market. However, as will be outlined in this blog, whilst it is foolish to imagine that our labour market does not face into the possibility of a monumental unemployment crisis it would be similarly mindless to not recognise the key role of Government policy in determining the scale and shape of this crisis.
Tomorrow (Saturday 10th October) is World Mental Health Day, a day when we highlight mental health education and awareness, as well as advocacy against social stigma.
The day will see organisations around the world call for greater investment in mental health supports from governments, workplaces and individuals.
Mental health relates to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Research shows that one in four of us will experience mental health difficulties in our lives. And, of course, many people are feeling increased anxiety and stress as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.