Job Loss Triggering Deadly Responses

April 9, 2009 7:51:06 PM PDT
Three Pittsburgh Police officers killed in a hail of gunfire.13 others slaughtered in Binghamton, New York. Both gunmen had recently lost their jobs. In L.A., a man killed his five children and wife after both of them got fired. And just Wednesday in Fresno, police say 37 year old Lorenzo Robles tried to poison himself and his eight year old daughter in their home by turning on the gas stove. After police talked him into coming out he told them financial problems sent him over the edge.                            |   Visit Need Help News Website   |

Psychologist Dr. Lucy Williams said a job loss coupled with desperation and rage can trigger distorted thoughts and irrational behavior in certain people. "The person who really gets crazy out there has very few resources to fall back on. So the more connected we are to others the healthier we become."

In this economic downturn people are not only losing their homes, but their savings, and their jobs. And the pressure seems to have a greater affect on men.

People's Church Pastor Doug Holck said "When a man doesn't have a job it really attacks a man at the core." Holck said he's had so many calls for either financial or spiritual help at Peoples Church that he's added more counseling and several extra free classes throughout the week. "The financial crisis always impacts the marriage relationship and we offer classes that will help both husband and wife to work through it."

There's also a newspaper publication called "Need Help Now". It lists dozens of resources all around the Valley for just about every imaginable problem. You can find the online version at needhelpnews.com or if you live in Fresno County and Kern County you can dial 2-1-1 on your home phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's a free phone call that will get you in touch with free resources all around the Valley. And finally, Dr. Williams said there's always hope. "The Christian believes God holds their tomorrow and can take comfort in that, even though it temporarily hurts."

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