New Guide Assists People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work

Although a staggering number of individuals with mental health conditions do not work, competitive employment remains a goal for most, and most people with mental health conditions are able to work successfully if they receive the support they need. The Temple University Collaborative has written "A Practical Guide for People With Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work" to help provide that support to people with mental health diagnoses who wish to return to successful careers.

The Guide offers encouragement and vital information on the importance of work, the availability of rehabilitation programs, the ins and outs of the Social Security Administration's work incentives, the challenges of starting a new job and grappling with disclosure, and strategies for long-term success in the workplace. Designed for those with mental health conditions to use on their own or as part of a return-to-work group in community mental health centers, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, or peer-run agencies, the Guide aims to help people achieve economic self-sufficiency.

In addition, the Guide spends considerable time walking readers through all stages of the hiring process. The authors are quick to point out that many typical interview questions are potentially illegal, such as asking about an applicant's psychiatric history or use of prescription drugs. The Guide offers down-to-earth ways to answer these questions, along with lessons on writing resumes and cover letters.

To download the Guide from the Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities' Web site, click here.

Article Last Modified: 11/19/2014