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Depression Is A Threat To The Livelihoods Of Working Women

She works hard for the money, Donna Summer famously sang. Women work hard for their money, but their mental health doesn’t always treat them right. Many women are in the workforce of manual or factory labor. Workplace injuries a threat to women’s livelihoods, physical health, and mental health. Being unemployed or unable to work poses a number of threats for women. Unemployment can lead to depression, financial struggles which can lead to depression, and other stressors which can put more pressure on women’s mental health. Problematically, when women are lacking in purpose and ability, they might turn to drug and alcohol abuse to cope.

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published a research study from the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work, and Environment. The study found that “60 percent of women who sustained a work-related injury reported experiencing mental or behavioral health issues before getting injured,” and that only 33 percent of men experienced the same. Interestingly, men were more likely to get hurt at work, but their mental health did not play a part. Women’s mental health directly influenced the rate at which they suffered work-related injuries.

Another problem exists in this puzzle. Women who are predisposed to mental illness get hurt at work. Women are covered by workman’s comp, disability, insurance, and other measures which ensure that women will be seen and treated by a doctor. Research studies have proven that women are more likely to be prescribed opioid painkillers by doctors than men are. Women are also more likely to be given higher doses, as well as more prescriptions. Additionally, women can get addicted to opioids faster than men. As well, when a woman is already struggling with a mental health disorder like depression, she is at an even greater risk for developing an addiction. With no job, physical pain, mental illness, and a prescription to an addictive medication, women are set up for a great problem in their life. Too many overdose stories and stories of opioid addiction start with an injury and untreated mental health disorders.

Villa Tranquil, a unique transitional living opportunity, welcomes women between the ages of 18-65. Independently owned and operated by clinicians, our distinct program provides women with the clinical care, compassion, and structure needed for ongoing recovery. Empowering women to live their best lives, our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida is the perfect environment for post-treatment living. Call us today for information:  (561) 294-0427