Redundancy and Unemployment

Redundancy is one of the most painful experiences you can have in your working life. It can happen at any time, to anyone, in any position and it feels intensely personal.  This can result in experiencing feelings of anger, hurt, frustration and feelings of depression. Holding onto these feelings can prove detrimental to both your health and to your chances of resolving this difficult situation. Talking to friends, family members or work colleagues might feel embarrassing and difficult. At The Eaves, we recognise that redundancy does not have to be the end of something. It can eventually be a positive, life-changing event at any time of life. Having an open dialogue with a counsellor can help work through the feelings attached to your redundancy and unemployment can help find a way forward. At The Eaves we firmly believe that psychological services should be available to all. This is why we offer a low-cost service at our Guildford practice using carefully selected and monitored counsellors and psychologists in the final stages of their professional qualification. Please enquire to access this service if funds are an issue at this time.

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After a period of unemployment or a redundancy you might feel shock, anger, resentment, and relief all in a short period of time. Give yourself space and time to think about and express these feelings. It is important to remember that redundancy is not something to be ashamed of.

Unemployment causes stress, which ultimately has long-term physiological health effects and can have negative consequences for peoples mental health, including depression, anxiety and lower self-esteem.

Loss of identity as so much of a person’s sense of self-esteem is tied up in their occupation. Loss of social support and feelings of isolation and loneliness due to no longer being able to connect with their colleagues, who may be important members of their personal network.