In many ways, a layoff is like a death in the family: Whether it was expected or came as a shock, the impact can be like a sledge hammer, and those who haven’t been through it before find themselves dealing with the immediate consequences while in a difficult state of mind.
For those who are dealing with layoffs, this article from Kiplinger’s, “Life After a Layoff,” contains good practical advice: http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2008/10/life_after_layoff.html.
However, the article overlooks the psychological impact of involuntary job loss. (See my earlier post at: https://newworkplace.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/avoiding-layoffs/.) Depression and anxiety are not unusual in these situations. Support from friends and family, and possibly counseling or outreach to a religious advisor, can be of great help.