Health conditions and employment

- Thursday, August 04, 2016

Health conditions and employment

Disabled people or those with a long term health condition are more than twice as likely as people without health conditions or disabilities to fall out of work research by the charity Citizen’s Advice has shown this week.

80% of work age people without a disability or health conditions are in employment compared with 53% of those with a disability or health condition and only 36% of those with mental health problems. There are 3.5 million people with a disability or health condition who are out of work, 1.4 million of whom would like a job.

We know that employment is good for us in terms of having a purpose, engaging with others and also earning some money. So if you or someone you know has a disability or health condition and is either worried about keeping a job of finding one, what help and support is out there?

Getting help and support with employment

A good place to start is the National Careers Service website which offers help to choose or change career, skills tests, course searches, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers

The advice and support previously offered by the Job Centre Plus service is now available through a service called  Universal Jobmatch

If you have mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression you can self- refer to your local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, which is free. Most services have employment advisers who work alongside the therapists.  In Hampshire the service is called italk, in Southampton it’s Steps to Wellbeing, in Portsmouth it’s Talking Change Portsmouth and in Milton Keynes it’s Talk for Change

Options is here to help too

If you or someone you know is struggling with issues that are affecting their ability to get or keep a job, Options is here to help. Our fully-trained, professional team of counsellors are on hand to discuss a variety of problems including stress, depression, anxiety, life changes, relationships, loss and bereavement, and addictions (specialising in alcohol and gambling).

No problem is too big or too small.  Don't hesitate to contact Options and make a change today

Get in touch today via our TwitterFacebook or the contact form on our website.

The Options Team.

Mental Health Awareness: Depression, Stress and Anxiety

- Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Affected by depression, stress or anxiety?

Options is here to help.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. Worries about money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope, and increase depression, stress and anxiety. These issues can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime.

How can I tell if I'm affected?

There are many signs and symptoms for stress, depression and anxiety - we have listed some of them below. If you or a friend, family member or colleague are suffering from these symptoms don't struggle alone  get in touch today.

What are the symptoms for...


  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Worrying and negative thinking
  • Physical tiredness
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Social withdrawal
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling out of control


  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Lost interest in friends, activities and things you used to enjoy
  • Tiredness
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Lack of control over negative thoughts


  • Feeling tense, worried or on edge
  • Anxiety interferes with work, school or your social life
  • Feel irrational fears you cannot get rid of
  • Avoiding activities and situations because of anxiety
  • Sudden and unexpected panic attacks

Do these symptoms affect you?

It's important to remember...

If you, a friend, family member or colleague are affected by depression, stress and anxiety then Options are here to help. Our professional and qualified counsellors are on hand to help with a range of issues including stress, depression and anxiety, as well as:

  • Life Changes
  • Self-esteem and Self-confidence
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Relationships
  • Addictions
    • Gambling
    • Alcohol
    • Eating Disorders
Just because a problem seems to have little effect on someone else, doesn't mean it can't have a huge impact on your life. We are all affected by various life events in different ways. At Options, no problem is too small.

For more information about depression, stress and anxiety visit the NHS mental health awareness fact sheet.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you or someone you know then contact us today. Tweet us at @options_plus, send us a message via our Facebook page or fill in a contact form on our website. 

The Options Team.

(Information from ISMAAnxiety Help Guide and Depression Help Guide)

Spring Cleaning our Blog

- Wednesday, March 02, 2016

We've been busy, how about you?

Now that our new website is officially up and running we have turned our attention to our blog, a great space for you to engage with us and give us feedback on what you want us to offer.

Since our last post we've been up to a lot! Our Twitter and Facebook followings have grown, and we are posting regularly about not only the services we offer, but interesting news in the counselling industry, what we've been up to outside of the office and even updates on National Chocolate Cake Day!

We are now located in Southampton, Basingstoke, Milton Keynes and Portsmouth (Southsea), offering free problem gambling counselling, a paid-for counselling service and training and development for external organisations. Our qualified and experienced professionals are on-hand to listen to you and support you on any issue or life changes you are considering, no matter how small they may seem. 

Now you're up to speed with what we've been doing, it's time to think about what you've been doing. Have you asked yourself...How am I?

Our counsellors here at Options are fully qualified and experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Life Changes
  • Relationships 
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Addictions
    • Alcohol
    • Gambling
    • Eating Disorders
No problem is too small. After all, it's often the little things that snowball to become a bigger problem. This month, take some time out of spring cleaning your home to spring clean your mind. With our not-for-profit rates and excellently trained staff, we're here to help you take control of your health and well-being, for a brighter future.

We hope you enjoyed this update on what we've been up to since we last posted, and it would be great to hear back from you and find out how you've been doing to. Send us a tweet, a Facebook message, or fill in the contact form on our website form and find out what we can do for you today!

The Options Team.


Book an assessment with us before 31st March for only £20, saving you 20%!

Quote BLOG01 when you call us on 023 8063  0219 or fill in a contact form on our website. Don't forget, if you pay for five counselling sessions up front, you get one free.