Work and mental illness
Many people find work fulfilling and important for their wellbeing and development. You may have given up work because of mental illness and now feel ready to go back, or perhaps you want to earn your own money. Maybe you are looking for something to do with your time or to help your recovery. This section explains your options for finding work.
- You could try different types of work. For example voluntary, supported, part-time or full-time work.
- Various organisations offer help and support with finding work.
- If you tell an employer that you have a disability, it is illegal for them to treat you badly because of this.
- Work can affect your benefits. This depends on whether you get paid and the number of hours you work.
You might need to think carefully about whether you would be better off going back to work or staying on benefits. Ask a local benefits advice organisation to do a 'better off calculation' for you
- What types of work could I try?
- What support is available to help me find work?
- Should I tell an employer about my mental illness?
Last reviewed in July 2015. Next review July 2017.
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