Mental illness shouldn’t be a barrier to employment.
At Work is a national program delivered by the Canadian Mental Health Association in communities across Canada, including Nova Scotia. At Work connects Nova Scotians living with a mental illness, mental health challenges or substance use disorder who are unemployed or under-employed to workplaces that match their strengths, skills, and needs as a way to build resilience and bring experienced employees to workplaces.
This free program is available to any Nova Scotian over the age of sixteen who is:
- Legally entitled to work in Canada
- Resides in Nova Scotia
- Unemployed or underemployed
- Lives with a mental illness, mental health challenge or substance use disorder (no diagnosis required)
At CMHA NS, we know that working has significantly more value than a paycheck. The opportunity to find and maintain safe, sustainable employment has been shown to help stabilize people living with or experiencing a range of mental health conditions. Employment promotes growth and stability and provides daily structure and meaningful experiences. This program was established to provide employment support, job maintenance, and job retention services to Nova Scotians living with a mental illness, mental health challenges or substance use disorder.
Each At-Work team member provides clients assistance with:
- A comprehensive job search
- One-on-one peer support
- Resume development and interview guidance
- Job placement
- Continued individualized support
** Are you looking for mental health and wellness courses? CMHA offers free virtual mental health education workshops through THRIVE. Visit our THRIVE page to find out what workshops are currently available.**
At-Work provides employers with:
- Motivated, trained, skilled candidates who are ready to work
- Wage subsidies available for up to four months
- Ongoing case management to foster employer-employee success
** Are you an employer looking for mental health in the workplace training? Contact Elizabeth Baker at email@example.com to learn what training is currently available or visit our Education and Training page.**
How to connect: Referral through a community agency or self-referral.
Think we can help?
Connect with our At-Work | Au Travail team lead, Tracy Hiltz to learn more:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | 1.877.466.6606, ext. 302 | Cell: 782.232.2697
Download our brochure: At-Work