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Emotional health and unemployment

Overview

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.

Treatments that may help

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Feeling stressed, worried, depressed? Trouble sleeping or feeling angry? Is your long term physical health condition getting you down? Contact us to discuss ways that we can help you.

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In the middle of a mental health crisis it can be difficult to know what to do and who to contact for assistance. 

In an Immediate Crisis:
If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services.

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