A new study by the Calgary Counselling Centre suggests there’s a direct link between job losses in the energy industry and mental health in the city.
Since oil prices dropped, requests for help from the centre have spiked by a third — with a record 915 in January alone.
The level of distress that clients are reporting keeps climbing, staff said.
“The increase in stress levels is really worrisome, because it tells us – it’s a bellwether for what’s happening in the community,” Robbie Babins-Wagner said.
The counselling staff said they can always tell once the economy starts rebounding, because reported stress levels of clients also improve.
Watch Mia Sosiak’s report above to see how one Calgary family is surviving ongoing layoffs in the energy industry.
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