The end of a job shouldn't mean the end of a life

A large part of most people's identity is in the job they have. I know for me, if I'm asked to describe myself, one of the first words I use is "journalist."

But, even more importantly, a job is the way people support themselves.
Yet there are many people out there who have gotten laid off or can't find a job in the first place. 

And, when this happens, many people lose their will to live. Just like James Stewart's character in "It's a Wonderful Life," with the threat of losing his job, he wishes he was never born. 

This fact was proven with new research published in the British Medical Journal this month. The financial crisis in North America and Europe led to nearly 5,000 additional suicides in 2009 compared to the norm. CNN reports that nearly the entire increase can be attributed to men taking their own lives, according to the survey of data from 54 countries.

In 2009, suicides of men jumped by nearly 9 percent, according to the report, and in North America, this jump was seen most in 45 and 64-year-old men. 

Although within the last few decades, equality between sexes has definitely increased, still, many men seem to base their value on the job they have, while women are less likely to do this.
One thing I would like to say to men (and anyone, for that matter) — you are worth so much more than your job. And no matter how much harder life may be when you're in between jobs, I can guarantee that life won't be easier for those you love without you there. No, you are not doing your significant other, children, family members or friends a favor by killing yourself.

Success doesn't happen overnight, and that there are many people going through what you are going through. You are not alone.

Also, remember you entitled to certain benefits. Claim them as soon as possible. Sure, you will have to reduce your daily expenses after losing a job, but that doesn't mean you have to be completely without money.

And, above all, don't be afraid to ask for help. Someone else may have been exactly where you are right now and you didn't even know it.

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