We speak to those going through redundancy on a daily basis, a process that is often compared to a type of bereavement. With feelings of loss, anger, sadness, confusion, and panic to name but a few. Whether expected or sudden, redundancy can cause huge uncertainty, stress and anxiety, and can make existing mental health problems worse. (1)
If you combine redundancy with a global pandemic and the impact on mental health is even more profound. Almost 20% of the UK adult population were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the pandemic, doubled from the figure the year before of just under 10%. (2)
It’s for reasons like this that we put mental health high up on our agenda, not just for those delegates we speak to, but for our staff too. Throughout January and February, our Head of Operations, Frances Foster and her team of Career Concierges all completed a Mental Health First Aider course. We wanted to ensure that our operations team had an understanding of mental health issues, be able to identify the triggers, plus have the confidence to step in, reassure and support anyone in distress.
“It was a really useful course for all of the team, not only to understand more about mental health and how to help and support with mental health issues within our own team but also to enable our team to feel well equipped for helping the individuals we support throughout redundancy”. Frances Foster, Head of Operations.