RECENTLY, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) closed down five local banks to protect depositors’ funds. The move also follows the closure of two banks (Capital Bank and UT Bank) in 2017, bringing the total to seven.
IT is estimated that over 2,000 workers have lost their jobs; this is quite frightening. The scariest aspect is the domino effect on families, relations and the economy in general.
THIS is why we at Today, are advocating for a massive psychological counseling for these unfortunate Ghanaians.
PSYCHOLOGISTS tell us those job losses have an impact on the incidence of low life satisfaction, depression, low self-esteem, and uncertainty in life.
THESE massive job losses in the banking industry and other sectors of the economy are a clear and present danger and we must develop innovative and pragmatic steps to tackle the problem.
IN a depressed economy like ours, losing a job is catastrophic and an immediate alternative for these victims is also practically non-existent.
EVEN though the employment ministry is liaising with stakeholders to find an amicable solution by urging the Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) Limited to maintain “sizeable number of staff,” we believe the Ghana Association of Psychologists and the Social Welfare Department to move in swiftly to prevent the breakdown of families.
MAKESHIFT counseling centres should be set up across the country to offer services to these victims.
WE at Today believe professional psychologists should see this approach as a national service and do their maximum best.
WHO knows? A simple professional advice could erase thoughts of suicide by victims currently having emotional breakdown.
A stitch in time saves nine!