Health conditions and employment
Disabled people or those with a long term health condition are more than twice as likely as people without health conditions or disabilities to fall out of work research by the charity Citizen’s Advice has shown this week.
80% of work age people without a disability or health conditions are in employment compared with 53% of those with a disability or health condition and only 36% of those with mental health problems. There are 3.5 million people with a disability or health condition who are out of work, 1.4 million of whom would like a job.
We know that employment is good for us in terms of having a purpose, engaging with others and also earning some money. So if you or someone you know has a disability or health condition and is either worried about keeping a job of finding one, what help and support is out there?
Getting help and support with employment
A good place to start is the National Careers Service website which offers help to choose or change career, skills tests, course searches, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers
The advice and support previously offered by the Job Centre Plus service is now available through a service called Universal Jobmatch
If you have mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression you can self- refer to your local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, which is free. Most services have employment advisers who work alongside the therapists. In Hampshire the service is called italk, in Southampton it’s Steps to Wellbeing, in Portsmouth it’s Talking Change Portsmouth and in Milton Keynes it’s Talk for Change
Options is here to help too
If you or someone you know is struggling with issues that are affecting their ability to get or keep a job, Options is here to help. Our fully-trained, professional team of counsellors are on hand to discuss a variety of problems including stress, depression, anxiety, life changes, relationships, loss and bereavement, and addictions (specialising in alcohol and gambling).
No problem is too big or too small. Don't hesitate to contact Options and make a change today