Report links unemployment with rising mental health problems for men


STRESS AND anxiety go hand-in-hand with redundancy. And recession has contributed to a rising incidence of suicide and male mental illness. What is important now, however, is that official action is taken to ensure more effective co-operation between community-based groups and mainstream health service providers in responding to the needs of vulnerable people.

The research report Facing the Challenge – The Impact of the Recession and Unemployment on Men’s Health in Ireland launched today, at the start of Men’s Health Week, identifies a strong expectation of increased mental health problems for men given the very strong correlation between unemployment and male mental ill health.

The report is the result of a research and consultation process carried out, in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, by Nexus Research Co-operative on behalf of IPH.

93% of frontline organisations, North and South, in contact with unemployed men linked health challenges to unemployment and recession and all organisations surveyed noted adverse health challenges for men they work with. In addition to health challenges being higher for unemployed men, they were also very high for men who saw themselves as being threatened with unemployment.

 

 

Dealing with the Gender Representation Gap: Engagement and Participation Issues within Impact, 2008.

Female participation in paid employment has grown rapidly and dramatically in Ireland in the last decade. Given these changes in the make up of the Irish labour force and the related composition of representative trade unions, IMPACT identified an important need to examine the manner in which these changes have been experienced and managed within the trade union movement. The focus of the research demanded an analysis of these concerns across the whole union membership, taking cognisance of areas in which there might be specific gender differences. The research team worked closely with the IMPACT National Equal Opportunities Committee to ensure that the research phases were focusing on key strategic issues for the work of the Committee. The research highlights a number of challenges that face men and women in relation to getting initially involved with the union, then becoming active at branch level or indeed at divisional level. While some of the challenges are gender specific, the recommendations contained there represent a general plan of action that needs to be implemented to create a more sustainable union at the level of the workplace, the branch and the division. 

Evaluation of the Community Development Support Programmes (CDSP) and Follow-up Evaluation Support CDSP (2000 and ongoing)

This national evaluation of the CDSP was commissioned by the then Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs. As part of the evaluation a standardised self-evaluation template was designed in co-operation with the CDSP projects (including groups working with Travellers and lone parents), support agencies and the Department. Following the completion of the evaluation in 2000, Nexus have been working with projects and support agencies to develop a software version of the template, which allows for easier documentation of project activities, impacts and lessons emerging. This allows for the production of periodic reports to inform both internal strategic planning and external programme management at national level. BY March 2004 over 100 projects were using this software system. 


Diversity in a Multicultural Workplace (2003):

The aim of the project for Interact, (Congress, IBEC, Integrate Ireland and FAS) was to address some of the challenges presented in developing a multicultural work environment where often significant numbers of the work force have limited or no knowledge of English. The project involved a questionnaire survey and a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups with Irish and migrant workers in enterprises and organisations on a national Imprisonment for Fine Default and Civil Debt (2002) The context for the research, for the Department of Justice, was the paucity up-to-date information on the trend in imprisonment for fine default, and also on the characteristics of persons who end up in prison for fine default or civil debt. The main element of the research was a series of in-depth interviews with offenders in prison for fine default, to come to an understanding of the process and the key factors in it from their perspective. A short questionnaire was also used to ascertain the extent to which these individuals were in poverty/indebtedness. The report was published by the Stationery Office in May 2002 and is also available from the Department's web-site.level. A report based on this research was published during Anti-Racism Week in early November 2003.

ICTU Report on Survey of Childcare Practices (2002)

ICTU commissioned Nexus Research to undertake a survey to find out how trade union members were managing their childcare arrangements or childcare needs. The context for this research is the very limited provision of childcare services in Ireland and more specifically the very limited information available on how working parents manage childcare. It is based on a representative survey of 815 union members from six unions identified as being ones where childcare issues were likely to be manifest. The response to the survey strongly suggests that employees organise their childcare to meet with the needs of their employment and the labour market.

Suicide and Young Travellers

Travellers Youth Service (a special project of Catholic Youth Care) commissioned the report entitled Moving beyond Coping - an Insight into the Experience and Needs of Travellers in Tallaght Dealing with Suicide

Poverty: Lesbians and Gay Men

The Social and Economic Effects of Discrimination