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Losing a job, or being out of work for any reason, is hard financially.  Many people who have become unemployed or are struggling financially will experience stress associated with not having enough money to pay for daily necessities.  However the effects of long-term unemployment can far exceed the impact on your finances. 

The impact of redundancy on physical and mental wellbeing

The most common psychological problems associated with unemployment are anxiety and depression.  A study by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) established a positive association between unemployment and poor mental health.  The study also found that unemployment is also associated with an increased risk of suicide.

Other factors to consider relating to unemployment and mental health are drug and alcohol abuse. Because of the depressed and stressed feelings people can have during difficult financial times, there is an increased chance for detrimental behavior.

In addition, those who are unemployed experience poorer physical and general health, including cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, as well as ME, Fibromyalgia and Somatic Disorders.

Redundancy - returning to the workplace

The same DWP study established when an unemployed person with mental or physical health problems does find work, re-employment improves health. And there was no evidence that people – even those who suffer from mental illness – are made more ill by work.

Regular work can give individuals a sense of value and purpose, develop confidence and responsibility.  Other benefits include increased confidence, a wider social network and a sense of belonging.

Returning to the workplace after a period of time requires a proactive approach, especially if you are looking to find work that has meaning for you.  You may wish to start by reviewing your life goals to establish what is important to you and how you see yourself adding value.  This can give you a good indication of what types of organisations to approach and the types of skills you can offer. Thinking laterally about your job search can also offer fresh perspective, for instance you could look at what skills are currently needed in the job market and what unique qualities you to offer, from the skills you have gained in all aspects of your life.   

Redundancy - how we can help

If you or someone you know is experiencing some of the negative effects of redundancy as described above, you may wish to contact us to discuss the ways in which we can help. 

This might include Counselling or Psychotherapy, Stress Management, Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Relaxation Techniques or career coaching:


There are essentially two types of redundancy counselling; the practical type which offers support and signposts a route back to employment, and the traditional type of confidential counselling which can help address any problems which might stand in the way of you getting onto the path - such as depression, low self-esteem and anxiety.

Life coaching

Life coaching can help you to unlock your potential and remove any limiting beliefs which might prevent you from finding a new job. It will help you to overcome the barriers to getting started, and once started to maintain your motivation until your goals are reached.

Career coaching

Career-change coaching with Mhairi Gordon-Preston won’t tell you what career you should be doing and it certainly won’t tell you to edit yourself to fit a job description, because it does something much more effective: 

  • Helps you discover what work you’ll be happy doing, 
  • Builds your confidence to do it, 
  • Makes it easier for you find the right job, with the right employer,
  • Puts you miles ahead of the hundreds of thousands of people chasing the 40% of advertised jobs (it’s thought that 60% of vacancies are never advertised)

No careers professional can tell you what's the right decision for you - only you can discover that. However, a careers professional can help you deal with the fear and move forward, untangle your thoughts and feelings about career change and take some do-able steps towards a happy career for you.

Contact us to find out more about the ways we can help on 01270 764 003

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