Mental health service users' experiences of returning to paid employment

Boyce, Melanie J., Secker, Jenny, Johnson, Robyn L., Floyd, Mike, Grove, Bob, Schneider, Justine and Slade, Jan (2008) Mental health service users' experiences of returning to paid employment. Disability and Society, 23 (1). pp. 77-88. ISSN 1360-0508

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Research into mental health and employment has focused largely on people who are unemployed. This paper reports the experiences of 20 clients of employment support agencies who had succeeded in returning to work. A number of barriers to getting back to work were identified, but receiving employment support could enable people to overcome them. There was consistency with previous studies of factors associated with high and low levels of job satisfaction. Even those participants who were less satisfied with their jobs identified benefits and none described any negative effects. The quality of the employment support provided was important, including advice and counselling during the job search, enabling informed choice about disclosure and support in work. Job retention targets are required for funding programmes in addition to placement targets. Further research into the timing and processes of disclosure and into occupational health screening processes would be helpful.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: employment, mental health, service user experience
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2010 15:25
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 10:43

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