Need help? Call our helpline…

5pm–midnight, 365 days a year …or find help online here


0800 58 58 58


0808 802 58 58


Need help? Call our helpline 0800 58 58 58
or Use our WEBCHAT.

Work Issues

Getting stressed and worried about work, or perhaps the lack of it, is a really common thing. Loads of people calling CALM are having problems in one way or another with work. If you aren’t able to find work or unable to work because of health problems, the stress can be enormous.

Work is more than just something we do. It’s also important in making people feel like they’ve got a purpose. Apart from undermining your self confidence, unemployment can cause financial problems, especially if you’ve got a family to keep and a mortgage to pay.

Long-term unemployment for any reason can be really hard to handle – it makes you feel totally rubbish and worthless.

Get a helping hand

But there is loads of help out there, not just from your local Job Centre, or Jobcentre Plus. Other organisations can help you look out for a job or put you in touch with different kinds of training courses. They can also help you if you’ve got other things that are getting in the way of finding a job, such as housing and transport. And although we can’t actually get you a job, the people at CALM can listen and provide support and advice when you’re feeling low. Even if you have a job, it’s not always sorted. Can’t get out of bed in the mornings? Dreaming of chucking your desk out of the window? Finding it hard to get on with stuff at work? Or just not enthusiastic about life in general? Work stress isn’t just bad for your work, it’s bad for your health too.

Take back control

Apart from talking to your GP, or having a chat with CALM, there are other things you can do to try and reduce the amount of grief that your job is giving you. Why not:

  • Try to make time for yourself away from work. Give yourself a break.
  • Take time for your mind and body to relax.
  • Get involved in things that have nothing to do with work, like hobbies or exercise.
  • Eat well – skipping meals will mean you’re low on your energy stores and leave you feeling drained.
  • Chat to your family and friends. Make time to see your mates, it will help you unwind after work and let you get your problems off your chest.
  • Learn to say, ‘No’. If you’re asked to take on extra work or to stay in the office after your colleagues have left, have the confidence to stand your ground and say no.
  • Take breaks at work. Don’t stay glued to the job – take a few minutes to sit back and relax, or take a walk during your break.

Talking about your job problems and the way you feel can help. If you can’t tell your colleagues, you mates or your family, give CALM a call. We’ll help you chat about your problems, and help you tackle the problem.

Latest articles about Work Issues

  • #ChangeThePicture this International Men’s Day

    #ChangeThePicture this International Men’s Day

    Twelve men on average take their own lives every day in the UK. This International Men’s Day, in partnership with 360i Europe, we launch #ChangeThePicture – a…

  • Danny Boyle, T2 & the joy of creating

    Danny Boyle, T2 & the joy of creating

    Words: Neil Wood & Paul Shiels “There are more people buried here than there are alive today in Tower Hamlets,” says Danny Boyle from atop a…

  • Rugby league star Danny on his suicidal thoughts

    Rugby league star Danny on his suicidal thoughts

    Last year after injury took him out of the game, Danny Sculthorpe lost his job, house and had thoughts of suicide. One conversation turn things around.…

  • You can talk to CALM

    You can talk to CALM

    The festive season can sometimes feel anything but, so here’s a handy reminder of where to find CALM if you need support or someone to talk…

  • #BuildingModernMen with Huffington Post

    #BuildingModernMen with Huffington Post

    We’ve teamed up with the Huffington Post for ‘Building Modern Men’, a month long campaign of film, stories and in depth research exploring masculinity. CALM has teamed up…

  • Win a pair of tickets to The We Plays

    Win a pair of tickets to The We Plays

    Win tickets and meet the playwright behind, The We Plays – a dark and funny double-bill of monologues running until 15 October in The Hope Theatre,…

See all articles about Work Issues