With the right support, almost anyone with a mental illness can
get back to work if they want. The traditional 9-5 routine is
becoming less rigid - there are now more choices. New working
patterns allow different timing and, often, location of work.
Starting your own business, becoming self-employed or working
freelance can also give you more flexibility and independence.
You may also want to improve your skills, gain new skills or
explore changing career altogether.
website includes information and
support for a range of work options including voluntary work,
supported employment, part-time and full-time work. It also has
links to information sources and organisations that can help in the
search for work.
Work and Mental Illness Factsheet
This Rethink factsheet sets out different work options and
includes information on the effect that work may have on
entitlement to different benefits.
Work Preparation is a flexible, individually-tailored programme
that can help you prepare for the return to work by :-
- Working out what work will suit you best
- helping you to get experience at a workplace
The programme is run by Jobcentre Plus Disability Employment
From October 2010, the Work Preparation programme will be
combined with WORKSTEP and the Job Introduction Scheme to form
This is a national database of opportunities in voluntary
work. These can also be a step on the way to paid
Disability Means Business
This organisation provides self employment advice for disabled
entrepreneurs. There are links to sources of advice and also a
For over 10 years, Working links has provided training and
support to help people find worthwhile and steady employment. It
can work with you if you have never had a job or if illness has
interrupted your progress at work.
This is a national charity which supports disabled and
disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more
This is a charity that helps disadvantaged people to set up, or
expand their own business as a means to achieve financial
independence while rebuilding their confidence and self esteem.
This is a free business advice and support service, available
online and through local advisers provided throughout the UK by the
NIACE - National Institute of Adult
Continuing Education (England and Wales)
This charity aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning
of all kinds. It runs high profile campaigns such as Adult Learners
Week. NIACE’s current work includes initiatives on
Mental Health. This area of work is about promoting access to,
and success in, learning and skills for people who experience
mental health difficulties. This is done primarily through
collaborative working with government departments, national
agencies and our learning and skills mental health networks.