Emotional health and unemployment

Our sense of identity and purpose can often be linked to the paid work that we do, however many people are now finding it increasingly hard to find or to stay in work. Lack of available work, redundancy, retirement and being unable to work through ill health can all have a negative impact on our emotional well-being.

Often it can feel tempting to put on a brave face and avoid dealing with difficult emotions but in the long term, this often has a negative effect on confidence and can leave us feeling isolated.

Symptoms of emotional distress include difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, loss of concentration and motivation, lower self-esteem, headaches, feeling frustrated or angry and excessive worry.

We all have a certain capacity for stress. If all of our stress was in a jug, the fuller the jug became, the harder it would be to cope with stress. The types of issues that might be adding stress could be financial worries, responsibilities towards family members, attending interviews and feelings of letting yourself or others down. If you can empty a little out of this jug it can help you to feel better.

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About Talking Therapies

We are a free and confidential NHS service offering a range of talking therapies to anyone registered with a Surrey GP (18 years and over). You can refer yourself to us without seeing a doctor first

Crisis Care

If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services. If you feel that you need urgent help to be able to keep yourself or others safe it is important to contact your GP. Outside of GP hours, the following crisis support is available: Crisis Helpline In times of crisis or distress please call: 0300 456 83 42 5.00pm – 9.00am Monday to Friday, with 24 hours cover at weekends including Bank Holidays. Samaritans (24 hours daily) 08457 90 90 90 (national number) or 01737 248444 (East Surrey Samaritans), email: jo@samaritans.org More on crisis/emergency resources here