How can I find a job while having a mental health condition?

Do you think someone with a mental health condition can work? The answer is that yes, many people with mental health conditions can and do work. While finding a job you enjoy can help improve your mental health and give you a sense of purpose. Studies show that most adults with a serious or severe mental health condition want to work and about 6 out of 10 can succeed with the right kind of support. More than 1 in every 4 women who work have a disability of some type (a physical disability or a mental health condition).

The women whose mental health conditions have affected their ability to accomplish daily tasks may have more trouble finding a job, especially if they have been out of the workforce for a long time. If you don’t have a full-time job right now, you may want to try a part-time job or volunteering before committing to full-time work. You can also take an online test, called a skills assessment or an interest assessment, which an help you learn more about the types of work you might enjoy. Check with the mental health agency where you receive mental health services.

Your state may offer several different ways to find employment, including:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation (rehab) Services. Rehab services help a person with a serious mental health condition or disability find and keep a job. Different states and communities have different requirements for who is eligible to get vocational rehab services.
  • Supported employment which this type of program helps people with serious mental illnesses get jobs in the community and be successful in the workplace.
  • Clubhouses which are settings that allow people with serious mental health conditions to live and work together, providing services and support to one another.
  • Lastly, Local Public Employment Office which operates employment offices in all 50 states. You can find job counselors and information about opportunities available in your area. Visit the DOL’s service locator to find an office near you.

As you can see, there are so many ways to have a person who is mentally disabled work in the workforce. They have to learn how to accommodate you and your health issues. Also, the person with the mental health condition has to learn coping skills. Sometimes, simple coping skills can help you get yourself a job.

In conclusion, no matter what someone with a mental health condition can indeed work. I have depression and anxiety, yet I still can work. I learned how to cope with my anxiety and my depression in order to be able to work. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to which can help them get through their work day.

In the workforce, you are protected by certain laws to protect you regardless. Your mental health condition can protect you from getting legally fired. If you’re fired for any reason relating to your medical issues then you can honestly sue the company that you’re being fired from. Legally, a person with mental health conditions are protected by so many laws just like a person with a physical disability and an intellectual disability. There are plenty of organizations out there who helps people with disabilities to find jobs, this includes mental health conditions as well. People with disabilities whether they be physical, intellectual, or mental health disabilities are just like anyone else, they deserve the same chances as someone who doesn’t have a disability or isn’t mentally disabled.

Outbursts could happen, this is sometimes part of a mental health condition. Employers cannot discriminate against someone regardless of mental or physical disabilities. Everyone needs equal opportunity. Let it be known that I have both a physical and a mental disability and yet I’m still able to work. Coping skills and sometimes coaching is important when working with a physical and/or mental disability. The appropriate determination on what to do is based on how you can focus and communicate with others about what you need. Talk to those who can help you and see how they can be of assistance to you in obtaining and maintaining a job.


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