Coping with Job Loss 

Research shows that as the economy takes a downturn, so does the mental health of many Americans. Folks who find it hard to cope can wind up doing a lot of damage to themselves and those around them.The stress of job loss can extend beyond the person directly effected, it can put a strain on entire families.”In kids you start to see they have, they may not understand specifically but they feel the change, they feel the cutbacks.” Says Dr. David Prescott, a psychologist.Prescott says that job loss can cause couples to argue more, forcing them to switch roles, and may even change the decision making processes in the family, changes that can really take a toll on the person who loses a job.”One of the things we worry about in an economic recession is that the incidents of certain mental health problems or psychological problems goes up.”There are a few things that people can do to better cope with the stress of job loss. Like expressing feelings in open discussions and creating an active plan to deal with it.”In any time when you hit a crisis or a difficult thing that active coping is way better than passive coping and not only does it help you get things done but it reduces the likelihood that you’re going to get a psychological or mental health problem.”Prescott suggests that when discussing things with kids, talk to them at their level, acknowledge the issue, but don’t overdo it, give simple and truthful explanations, and he says be ready to talk when they’re ready.He says dealing with job loss in a positive way – will often lead to a more positive outcome.”A lot of families are spending more time together. A lot of families feel kind of good that they figured out how to deal with it, that you feel like you’ve overcome something and that’s good for people and for families.”