Bad jobs can make you mentally ill

Does your job provide no future prospects or has high level of strain? Then you are likely to be depressed just like the ones who are unemployed or even more then them. Read on what this new study has to say.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2010 14:18 IST

If you want to have good mental health, it's not enough to just have a job, you should have a job that satisfies you, says a new study. Researchers at the Australian National University, led by Dr Liana Leach, have found that people in poor quality jobs that are insecure or have high levels of strain share the same level of mental health with the unemployed.

According to the study, employment isn't always linked to better mental health -- in fact people who move from unemployment into poor quality jobs are much more likely to be depressed than those who were still unemployed.

"Our work found that people in poor quality jobs --jobs which were insecure, did not provide future job prospects or had high levels of strain -- had no better mental health than people who were unemployed.

"In fact, the research showed that people who moved from being unemployed into poor quality jobs were significantly more likely to be depressed at follow-up than those people who remained unemployed," Dr Leach said.

Research generally shows that people who are employed have better mental health than those who are unemployed. The findings from this research indicate that things may not be that simple and that employers may need to be more aware of the roles they ask staff to perform.

First Published: Oct 15, 2010 14:00 IST