Just in time for Valentine’s Day was this week’s publication in Lancet Psychiatry of a study on suicide and unemployment. Globally, about 45,000 people have been ending their lives yearly in direct response to a lack of work. The study included dozens of countries during the period 2000-2011. That means even before the Great Recession unemployment was damaging mental health. Even during good economic times suicide prevention and social services must be tuned to the influence of unemployment.
Suicide, unemployment, and the effect of economic recession
link to abstract
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Toronto’s income gap continues to widen, finds U of T expert. Updated data, presented here for the first time, shows Toronto’s middle-income neighbourhoods are continuing to disappear as the city’s polarization grows
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Ontario’s long climb out of recessionary job loss
Kaylie Tiessen – CCPA – #JobsFriday
Most of America’s rich think the poor have it easy
washingtonpost.com coverage with links to report
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Food bank use by university students is the subject of this item from the University of Toronto publication The Varsity. Being a post secondary student isn’t cheap and there’s always been a low rent element in student life. But this recent data indicates a higher level of sacrifice and difficulty is now attached to getting further education than was the case in the past.
Canada’s biggest city-region should have the best housed people on the face of the Earth. The following opinion piece from The Toronto Star reads well next to the Daily Shelter Census from the City of Toronto.
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Canadians in low income number about five million. Such is the finding of the new income survey from Statistics Canada. Among other findings is that single people continue to emerge as prone to poverty.