Mental (and Physical) Health When Losing a Job
Thankfully, society has begun to recognise the scale of our mental health crisis and its direct correlation with physical well-being. Until someone is faced with the prospect of losing their job and the ramifications of it, they cannot know how it will affect them.
For many people, their job is closely tied to their sense of worth, even if the day-to-day reality is one of disengagement or boredom. They have a hook, a place to go, somewhere they can feel useful.
Stories abound of people having been made redundant, refusing to tell the family. Leaving home at the same time as if they are going to work, filling the day somehow but gradually sliding into debt and a psychological blackhole.
At the very least, outplacement gives everyone a point of reference and, if they really want it, the ability to keep their situation private. We would, of course, recommend having someone to talk to about their issues and to relieve the mental pressures of dealing with things on their own.