Thursday, August 21, 2008

Redundancy and a depression

Philip Joslin, a senior clinician at Lifeworks, a private clinic in London dealing with addictions and depression, believes redundancy “is not just a matter of economic survival. It threatens people’s very identity”.

As the economy slows and jobs are cut, psychiatric practices based in London’s financial centre are reporting a rise in referrals. Mark Beadle, chief executive of Capio Nightingale Hospitals, a provider of private psychiatric treatment, says the number of City workers coming to his clinics with depression or anxiety has risen by 30 to 40 per cent.

The psychological impact of redundancy goes beyond those whose jobs are cut, however. Christine Martin, therapist and partner at Haswell, Martin & Rose, a private practice based in central London, says: “Redundancy raises a wide range of issues – for the person losing their job, for the ‘survivor’ who hasn’t been made redundant and also the people managing the process such as human resources professionals.”


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