Mental health issues among the unemployed

I would like to highlight how unemployment could affect one’s mental health, causing him or her to lose confidence and self-worth.

My brother was recently fired from his job. As someone who is not very good at interacting with people, his shyness is often mistaken for being unapproachable. It was a frontline position; perhaps he did something to warrant being let go. But I thought he would be moved to less customer-fronting job where his personality was more suitable before going on the chopping block.

My family isn’t particularly well-off. So when one sibling loses a job, it is a financial burden on the rest of us. My brother’s job loss is a double blow to the family because our younger sister is also unemployed. She is trained in IT, which is in high demand.

However, after countless rejections from companies, it is starting to weigh on her. Her self-confidence is shot and it is quite possible that she is suffering from depression as a result of her situation.

Depression and other mental health issues are real, and they can cause severe strain on families and friends, as well as a country that is striving to realise the Brunei Vision 2035. It is unfair to put all the blame on companies for not providing job opportunities; sometimes it is the fault of the jobseekers for not preparing well enough for job interviews or applying for jobs that are way beyond their capabilities.

However, it is also important to tackle the issue of mental health among the unemployed, especially the young and capable individuals who are trying to join the job market amid a very challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cerita Kedai Kopi