Her manager walked into her office and said "Lisa, may I have a word with you?" As they walked to the conference room, her hands began to sweat. Her Manager, Mr. Johnson, had been at the company for more than 25 years and a manager for 13 of those years. He sat down and motioned for her to sit in the chair adjacent to his chair near the corner of the table. He began, "Lisa, as you know, our company has seen billion dollar losses over that last three quarters. All over the country businesses have cut back and downsized to stop the bleeding. With that said, I am sorry to inform you that we have eliminated hundreds of positions and your administrative assistant position was one of them. Today is your last day Lisa. You are a good person and it was not personal. If you need a reference, I will be more than happy to provide you with one." Lisa said, "I don't understand. My husband and I just had our son three months ago. We have a mortgage. What am I going to do?" Mr. Johnson led Lisa out of the conference room and she, along with 50 of her coworkers, cleaned out her desk.

As of December 2009, the unemployment rate in the United States (US) was 10.0 percent according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). The 15.2 million people that were unemployed in the US experienced many emotions and one of them was depression. Here are a few steps to help someone who has recently loss their job to overcome job loss depression.

Step One – Express your feelings about your job loss to a family member or a friend. When you talk to someone else about your job loss, you can get some things off your chest that you may not have discussed and dealt with earlier. This can help to relieve some of the stress involved in the loss of a job as well.

Step Two – Sleep at least eight hours at night. By getting well needed rest, your body can be in better position to fight off illnesses and you can think more clearly as you begin your job search.

Step Three – Eat a well balanced diet. Often after a job loss, a person may not eat properly due to depression. It is very important to eat a well balanced diet which includes fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system in good working order.

Step Four – Get some exercise at least four times a week. By working out for a half hour at least four times a week, this can help to keep you healthy and boost your energy.

These are a few steps that are simple and easy to follow. Often, when someone experiences job loss depression they fail to do the above steps and the depression can get worse. If you have tried the steps above and you are still struggling with job loss depression, seek the assistance of a professional as soon as possible. It is alright to seek help when you can't do it on your own. Remember someone is always there to listen to you 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-TALK / 1-800-8255.