Many people who have suffered from severe and enduring mental health challenges and other disabilities want to work but the gap between illness and employment is to hard to overcome. If they disclose their illness at the job interview they don’t get the job and if they hide their challenge and are successful in gaining employment, they don’t last long due to their debilitating challenges.
Many people just need an opportunity. They have ‘missing years’ in their resumes and anxiety is holding them back. They need support, training and a whole lot of patience. If we can give them an opportunity and create a ‘resume’ with skills and work history, that will often be the spark they need.
These are people we see every day in our community and they could be our parents, our brother, our sister or our friends. Mental health challenges is generally unseen but costs governments and communities billions of dollars a year in welfare as well as the personal costs to family through suicides, attempted suicides and other addictions.
Employment changes not just the individual’s life but also the lives of their families and friends.
We have seen the sheer joy in the voices of people who have gone through similar programs when they express their gratitude for the impact it has had on their families. This is why this is so desperately needed.