Authors: Frances Sanders - Groundwork Employment
Event: 1994 TheMHS Conference
Subject: employment, psychiatry, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Though there is currently increased focus on employment for people with a psychiatric disability as a means of reentering the community and maintaining well being; there is little information as yet in the area of job retention. Groundwork Employment Service, has been in existence since 1987 and has in this time seen some 400 clients. Its' experience has been that people who have suffered from a mental breakdown can often easily find work, but have difficulty in the retention phase of the employment cycle. The result has been that people can, without support, drift in and out of jobs. Here some of the initiatives for post placement support will be reviewed including; 24 hour pager support, individual ongoing counselling and support, case management, access to after hours support, client support dinners, Worker Support Groups and worker specific Workshops. Some of the probable reasons for lack of success in the retention phase will also be discussed.