Supported Employment – Consumer Opportunities
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, about 70% of unemployed adults with mental illness want to work. 60% of these people can work with the assistance of Supported Employment.
Work is an integral part of recovery and treatment for mental illness. Work allows people to view themselves as active citizens rather than mental health consumers. Employment leads to increased self-esteem, better symptom management, a reduction in the use of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services and a decreased reliance on public benefits.
At Chrysalis, we believe that all people deserve an equal right to find meaningful work and positively contribute to their community. That is why we make it our business to make successful job matches:
Can you say…I LOVE MY JOB!
Individuals who are involved in our Supported Employment program have opportunities to grow and thrive in a number of ways. Here is one example:
Before working with Chrysalis, Jen wanted to work but feared public interaction. She was routinely hospitalized every six weeks for an attempted suicide. After working with an employment specialist at Chrysalis, she was able to find a job as a deli-worker. Six months into her job, Jen was a visibly changed person, going from shy and isolated to outgoing and assertive. She developed goals and enrolled in classes at MATC. Jen has gone eight months without an attempted suicide. She connects her long run of health to her work-related connection to the community. Jen says work gives her life meaning and enjoyment.
Through the Chrysalis programs, it is evident that work, either volunteer or paid, helps keep people healthy, improve their quality of life, and strengthen area businesses.
From the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives. Recovery is a holistic process that includes traditional elements of physical health, and aspects of recovery extend beyond medication. Recovery from serious mental illness also includes the idea of attaining and maintaining physical health as another cornerstone of wellness. People in recovery make important contributions to their communities. Hope for recovery should be reflected in all treatments, services, and supports.
The recovery journey is unique for each individual. There are several definitions of recovery; some grounded in medical and clinical values, some grounded in context of community and successful living. One of the most important principles of recovery is this: recovery is a process, not an event. The uniqueness and individual nature of recovery must be honored.