Employment has many benefits. It not only provides financial income, it can also give structure, meaning and purpose to life.
Employment can also increase social connections and can be good for health and wellbeing. Employment is an achievable goal for people who have experience of severe mental health issues.
Employment Specialists believe that through positive support, significant barriers to employment are removed. The stigma associated with mental illness is challenged effectively by placing positive role models in the workplace.
The IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Employment model has been extensively researched and is evidenced to produce more successful outcomes for service users than traditional methods.
The IPS model is a well-established, nationally recognised approach with all staff trained in its principles and practice.
Employment is an achievable goal for people who have experience of severe mental health issues, and Employment Specialists help people realise this. Through positive mentoring and support, significant barriers to employment are removed. The stigma associated with mental illness is challenged effectively by addressing concerns, fears or misconceptions about, or within, the workplace.
Referrals with an up-to-date risk assessment can be made by: Consultants, Community Psychiatric Nurses or Occupational Therapists. Self-referrals are also accepted, but an up-to-date risk assessment will be requested before any work can begin.
For more information call 0115 956 0802 and ask for the Employment Specialist within respective Local Mental Health teams.