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At Work program helps Nova Scotians living with mental health challenge find employment

Research tells us that individuals who live with a mental illness can and want to work, but many struggle to find work. When they do, the work often doesn’t meet their goals or abilities.

In fact, 70 to 90 per cent of people living with serious mental illnesses in Canada are unemployed. Unemployment rates among people living with depression or anxiety can be over 30%.

The At Work team helps Nova Scotians living with a mental illness who are unemployed or under-employed obtain competitive employment by connecting them to workplaces that match their strengths, skills, and needs to build resilience and bring experienced employees to workplaces.

Working alongside both employers and clients, the At Work team develops an achievable action plan that supports mental wellness to ensure success.

Attend our Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, March 27 and learn more about At Work and how it can support Nova Scotians.


*PLEASE NOTE: A Zoom link to join the session will be sent out one day prior to the session to those who register. Please register in advance.


How does At Work, work?

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How are employment and mental health connected?

Employment is one of many factors that influence over all health and well-being. Employment that provides a livable income not only provides financial stability, which is an important part of quality of life, also has other benefits to overall well-being, including;

For people living with a mental illness, employment may bring a lot of well-being and may even help promote recovery. Studies show that people living with a substance use problem are more likely to seek help when they’re employed.

Individual costs of unemployment

Unemployment also has a big impact on well-being. Studies found that unemployed people who received the same amount of income assistance as they earned when they worked still experienced a loss of well-being.  Here are some ways that unemployment, especially when you didn’t plan it, affects your well-being:

Community costs of unemployment

Unemployment costs communities because people aren’t contributing to the economy. It costs the Canadian economy billions of dollars. But the cost of unemployment to a community is about more than money—it affects the well-being of the entire community. Some of these costs include:

Questions? Contact Tracy Hiltz at [email protected]

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