Work and mental illness
Many people find work is important for their mental health. And that work helps them feel good about themselves. You may have stopped working because of mental illness and now feel ready to go back. This section explains your options for finding work. This section is for people with mental illness who are looking for work and their carers.
- You could try different types of work. Like voluntary, supported, part-time or full-time work.
- Work can affect your benefits. This depends on whether you get paid and the number of hours you 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.
- You can think about asking an employer to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help you.
This factsheet covers:
- What types of work could I try?
- Will working affect my welfare benefits?
- What support is available to help me find work?
- Should I tell an employer about my mental illness?
- What are ‘reasonable adjustments’?
Last reviewed in July 2017. Next review July 2020
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