Thousands of Pennsylvanians were fired or abandoned during the COVID-19 pandemic and not only lost their jobs, but some were also lost.
ENOLA, Pa. – One of the first questions you ask someone you have just met is “what do you do to make a living?”
For many people, our work is part of our identity, but the pandemic has changed that.
Thousands of Pennsylvanians were fired or fired and not only lost their jobs, but some were also lost.
Sue Ellen Sale applied for unemployment assistance in pandemic cases months ago and has yet to receive a penny.
She said, “It’s been 32 weeks since I introduced myself and all I’m coming back to is re-forming letters and no one is calling me and actually talking to me or answering what I’m really asking for, so it’s been really hard. I came to a at which point I felt totally hopeless. there was no future, nothing will be the same. ”
Enola’s wife says the stress of unemployment, including the financial burden, has affected her mental health.
“I ended up taking an antidepressant, I have an eating disorder, they were worried about my weight, I can’t maintain the weight, I’ve lost 40 pounds, it’s been stressful for all parts of my life,” he said.
According to the PA Department of Labor and Industry, more than 2 million Pennsylvanians have filed some form of unemployment claim since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Audrey Nottke, director of inpatient services at Phillhaven Mt Gretna with WellSpan Health, says these unemployment figures can have a lasting impact: “We really identify through the work we do, the roles we play. It really strikes the core of who we are “.
Nottke says there has been significant demand among people seeking mental health services since the success of the pandemic, especially for people who faced short- or long-term unemployment.
“It impacts them on the ability to sleep, on those feelings of emptiness, on not having a sense of direction and that can be really scary for people,” he said.
The director of hospital services says people should focus on what they can control: “Think about it, do I want to do this? Is it time to recreate me? Do I need to go back to school? Maybe start doing it. volunteering in different ways. It’s definitely an invitation to think. “
As for Sue Ellen Sale, she takes it every day.
“I think it will take a while to recover.”