Getting involved in work or study can have a positive impact on recovery, improving health and wellbeing, self-confidence and financial security, and providing a sense of belonging in the community. Many people affected by mental health issues report that they want to work or study, but feel excluded from employment and learning opportunities. Research shows that work and study are possible for everyone, regardless of the type of mental health issue someone experiences.
When thinking about returning to work or study:
- you are the best person to determine how ready you are: your motivation is one of the most important factors in finding and keeping work or embarking on study
- seek support from people in your life: such as friends, family, carers, peers and mental health services
- learn about any financial impacts: how will study or work affect Centrelink or other payments?
- think about your own interests, strengths and attributes: if you are unsure, explore this with others such as friends, family, peers and workers
- know your rights: speak up or seek help if you are feeling pressured, stigmatised, or discriminated against
There are also significant community benefits when people affected by mental health issues work and study, such as building more inclusive and diverse workplaces that benefit from a range of unique skills and life experiences.
If you need to talk, call our Helpline.
Learn more about:
- other things that might help
- causes and contributing factors
- mental illness
- support for families, friends and carers
- the importance of identity and belonging
- our peer education programs
- our community education programs
- our research on community inclusion
Remember, you are not alone. Hear stories from people who have been there.
For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.