The Job Search and Your Mental Health

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
mental health

Your job search can be referred to as a rollercoaster.  One day you are up high, feeling confident and the next day you are low, questioning yourself, while also trying to navigate the twists and turns life throws at you.

You are not alone though, several people experience a similar sensation when job searching.  The trick is to know what to take care of yourself and get the help you need.  There are many aspects of mental health, and all are equally important.  You can’t be the best you can be if you don’t feel the best.  Sometimes you need to take care of you first, and then continue the hunt.

Here is a list of some great places to help you during your job search. Your mental health can depend on several factors, such as when you will receive your next meal to how will I manage my debt- there is help out there for you,  reach out, they are there to be utilized.

Career Centres:

Career Centres offer valuable resources, including resume building, job skill workshops, experts in the labour market and friendly staff to talk with.  Here is a list of Career centres throughout Nova Scotia from the Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education website

https://www.novascotia.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/documents/CNSCproviders.pdf

Counselling:

Counselling can be a very important part of ensuring mental health.  There are many options to help you in your time of need.   The Nova Scotia provincial website offers a list of places that you can turn to.

http://novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/finding-help.asp

Money Help:

Understanding that finances in your job search can be a big issue, paying rent, trying to eat, feed your children, and keep on top of the bills can be stressful enough.  However there are places to find help.  Again, the Nova Scotia provincial website has excellent resources to help you out.   This link has many internal links to such things as Employment support handbooks and helpful websites and numbers to contact.

http://novascotia.ca/coms/employment/income_assistance/index.html
http://novascotia.ca/coms/employment/employment_services/index.html

There is also credit counseling service of Atlantic Canada that may be able to offer you advice of managing your debt load.

http://www.solveyourdebts.com/english/index.php

Shelters/Transition Houses:

Sometimes our job search does not go as we would have hoped and we may end up in a situation we did not expect.  However, there are places to help you get back on your feet, have a roof over your head and give you a bed to sleep in.  THANS, Transition House Association of Nova Scotia offer a list of shelters throughout the province.

http://thans.ca/get-help/find-a-shelter/

Food Banks:

Feed Nova Scotia is a great resource.  Their mission is to feed Nova Scotians in need and reduce that need overall.  If you are in the HRM region you could call them directly at  902-457-1900. However they also suggest another great resource, which can be used for finding food banks close to you, but also used in a general context to find the right community and social service near you.

http://www.ns.211.ca/

211 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Remember, you are not alone.  If you feel you need help, be sure to reach out.

Author: The NetWorkIt Team

The NetWorkIt Team is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We work to create content and tools to help you succeed in your career.