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What does “supports for work” mean?

Supports are the people, places, things, and activities that boost your confidence and capacity to participate in meaningful activities such as work. The categories below have been described in curricula developed at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

  • People
    People supports for work are the people who are at your workplace who can offer you resources, emotional support, or direction that can support your success, such as coworkers or a supervisor.  People supports for work can also include people outside of the work arena who support you as you keep work, such as family, friends, clergy, neighbors, childcare professionals, even pets.
  • Place
    Place supports for work are those settings that support you in your work endeavors.  Places may include spaces at work, such as your supervisor’s office, the lunchroom at work, your car (if that’s part of the job), or any other workspace that you find supportive.  They may also include places outside of the work area, such as a local park to take a walk in when you’re stressed, your home, place of worship, or local library.  All of these places may support your success and satisfaction with work in different ways.
  • Things
    Things that support work are items that serve as resources for you either inside or outside of work, such as computers, alarm clocks, a coffee pot to help you wake up in the morning, a calendar to help you keep appointments, or a smartphone that can help you set reminders.
  • Activities
    Activities that support work are the things that you do that boost your success and satisfaction at work, and they, too, can be at work or outside of work.  For example, exercising, sleeping well, getting counseling, talking to a friend, consulting a supervisor, taking medications that support you as you work, and meditation are all examples of activities that can support you in work.


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