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How to deal with a parent losing their job due to COVID-19

Many people have lost their job due to the current situation. It can be difficult to know how to help or deal with this. Here are some things to keep in mind.


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The current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has meant that a lot of people have lost their jobs, had their working hours reduced or may be temporarily unemployed. It can be a worrying time for families.

Dealing with parental job loss

Here are some useful things to keep in mind. 

Talk about it

If you find you are worrying a lot about your parent losing their job, talk to them about it. Explain how you are feeling and why it is worrying you. They may reassure you that they have support, are not worried about finding a new job or they may even have something else lined up. Some of the worries you might have may be things that your parent is already working on and by speaking to them it can help ease these worries.

Supports Available

The government has made money available for people who have lost their jobs at this time called the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. The government recognises there are many people in a similar situation and has made extra supports available for people.

Help with job applications

If your parent is looking for a new job at this time, it is likely they will be looking online and may have to do online interviews. It’s always useful to have someone read over and proofread applications we might be doing. Offering support with this could be a good idea if you feel you can help. You may also be able to help with online interviews by helping them get set up if they are not familiar with using technology for work.

Help out at home

Your parent may need to spend time job searching or filling out applications. If you can, help out at home by keeping your younger siblings occupied for a while or maybe doing some chores around the house. This will take some of the pressure off your parent while they are focusing on finding something new.

Try not to worry too much

It is easier said than done, but worrying isn’t helpful for us. It’s something we have little or no control over and many people are facing the same situation. Trying to stay positive and in the present moment can be helpful in reducing worries or fears we may have about the future.

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious around the current pandemic?

This situation is completely new to everyone involved and it is normal to feel worried or anxious about what is going on. Following the Government’s instructions on how to stay safe and help slow the spread of the virus, can help to make you feel more in control of your current situation.

If you feel overwhelmed by the current situation and need someone to talk to, our anonymous, 24 hour text line is always open. You're worth talking about and we're here to listen and support you.

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Published May 7th2020
Last updated Octo­ber 27th2020
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