The national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the suspension of most economic activity. For the duration of the lockdown, millions of workers were neither working nor getting income. This loss of employment had significant implications on people’s access to economic resources, and it is also one of the reasons why cases of depression went up among adults during the first months of the pandemic. The International Labour Organization, ILO estimates that the working hours lost in 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels were equivalent to $3.7 trillion in lost labor income. In Kenya, 1.7 million Kenyans lost their jobs in just four months. Among those who felt the pain is Frederick Muitiriri a journalist who was laid of 3 months after the first case was reported. In the fifth episode of COVID-19 AND MENTAL HEALTH Frederick speaks to Carren Omae as she explores how job losses in a pandemic affected people’s mental health.