Thinking About Work
What supports might we need to know about in the early stages of the employment journey
Typically the supports for work would include professionals who can:
- Help the family member assess their strengths, interests, and limitations.
- Help them determine what type of work or work environment would be a match.
- Help decide if education or training is needed to reach the intended goal. (Leonard)
- Help the family member maintain wellness, stay healthy while working. (Dixon)
- Match the individual to suitable jobs in the community.
- Help the person to acquire any specific job-related resources such as uniforms, bus passes, or car repairs.
- Teach the person skills and help find resources to maintain employment and manage money.
- Help in overcoming specific barriers to employment either in the individual or in the community. (Boston University)
- Help in determining what resources are available and accessible to pursue your family member’s goal. (Mental Health America)
The supports for work might also include a professional peer (another person in recovery trained to help). This person can help with inspiration, motivation or information. (Temple University)