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  • 29-05-2021 7:44pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 140 ✭✭ netbeatz


    Hi all,

    My story begins when I was moved from my original position into a a more forward facing role, in an Emergency Department.

    At the beginning, things were good but as time has gone on I am finding it very tough mentally to cope with the sights and sounds (to say the least) that come with the position...to the point where I am becoming physically sick, depressed and overall feel like I am breaking down.

    I am now trying to find another position but I am struggling to maintain my work performance due to my own mental and physical state.

    Would anyone know under these circumstances, if I was to leave my job before finding further employment, would the reasoning be taken into account if I needed to apply for social welfare support while looking for a new job? Or would I still be penalised with 9 weeks before any payments would be made as I left the job?

    If I had the support of my GP to back up my own state of health, would that even be considered?

    TIA


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭ Bigmac1euro


    netbeatz wrote: »
    Hi all,

    My story begins when I was moved from my original position into a a more forward facing role, in an Emergency Department.

    At the beginning, things were good but as time has gone on I am finding it very tough mentally to cope with the sights and sounds (to say the least) that come with the position...to the point where I am becoming physically sick, depressed and overall feel like I am breaking down.

    I am now trying to find another position but I am struggling to maintain my work performance due to my own mental and physical state.

    Would anyone know under these circumstances, if I was to leave my job before finding further employment, would the reasoning be taken into account if I needed to apply for social welfare support while looking for a new job? Or would I still be penalised with 9 weeks before any payments would be made as I left the job?

    If I had the support of my GP to back up my own state of health, would that even be considered?

    TIA

    My partner left a job with similar enough reasons. Her mental health was being destroyed. She went on social welfare and had no problems claiming it. She told the person she left due to stress and they didn’t look for doctors cert or anything. She got social welfare without much problem.
    It’s all done online these days to make it even easier, I was surprised how easy it was for her to claim social and it went straight into her bank account. Thankfully she’s back working in a job she likes the last 3 months.

    I’d say leave the job OP plenty of clerical positions on the go at the moment with everything ramping back up. Take a break and look for something new. Give yourself a bit of a rest. Our body has ways of telling us enough is enough. You won’t have a problem getting Social welfare.

    Hope you start feeling better soon it’s not easy!


  • Registered Users Posts: 241 ✭✭ Bootsy


    You shouldn't have any problems at all with SW - they see this all the time. Hope things come right for you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 426 ✭✭ Shane Fitz


    netbeatz wrote: »
    Hi all,

    My story begins when I was moved from my original position into a a more forward facing role, in an Emergency Department.

    At the beginning, things were good but as time has gone on I am finding it very tough mentally to cope with the sights and sounds (to say the least) that come with the position...to the point where I am becoming physically sick, depressed and overall feel like I am breaking down.

    I am now trying to find another position but I am struggling to maintain my work performance due to my own mental and physical state.

    Would anyone know under these circumstances, if I was to leave my job before finding further employment, would the reasoning be taken into account if I needed to apply for social welfare support while looking for a new job? Or would I still be penalised with 9 weeks before any payments would be made as I left the job?

    If I had the support of my GP to back up my own state of health, would that even be considered?

    TIA

    Could you not engage with your line manager and occupational health and maybe look to be removed from the front line position and something less exposed to those triggers. Surely in a hospital with an ED there are other potential roles before resignation?


  • Registered Users Posts: 140 ✭✭ netbeatz


    Shane Fitz wrote: »
    Could you not engage with your line manager and occupational health and maybe look to be removed from the front line position and something less exposed to those triggers. Surely in a hospital with an ED there are other potential roles before resignation?

    I have done but was told that there are many ahead of me looking to be moved and that it could take quite some time before that would happen as there are unfortunately not many positions available for my personal skill set.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,645 ✭✭✭ krissovo


    Hey OP, I feel for you so much and its a travesty that your role is causing you health issues and you feel you have to leave but also potentially compounding your stress by adding financial issues to the equation. Could you not use your entitlements for sick leave to buy yourself more time to primarily get yourself well and then use the return to work process to help with sourcing a suitable position?

    My sister had a similar experience, she worked in a specialist pediatric unit where the survival rate was quite low and the kids came in relatively normal but deteriorated. She loved the job and thought she was happy but every day chipped away at her resilience and almost overnight her health took a nosedive.

    One day she just wanted out and was prepared to resign but long story short after lots of convincing she worked the system and took sick leave, got herself in a much better state of health and then found through occupational health a much less demanding role but equally important for society!


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