Long-term unemployment or losing a job can evoke difficult emotions, such as feeling useless or unwanted; which could lead to poor mental health. Conversely, having a job or taking up meaningful activities gives a person a purpose, aids creativity and critical thinking, promotes independence and allows them to develop social contacts, not to mention providing an income; all of which can contribute to improved mental health and wellbeing.
However, poor mental health, inability to cope with pressure or stress and lack of self-esteem can reduce someone’s motivation to apply for or retain work or voluntary opportunities.
If you are supporting someone to enter into employment, some of the courses below may help.
- Employment and self-management
- Employment: the pros and cons to telling your employer about your health challenges
- Self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-care courses
- Daring to dream
- Learning for wellbeing
- Building opportunities
- Understanding stress, anxiety and depression
- Mindfulness, art and creative writing courses
- Understanding and overcoming stigma
- Building healthy relationships
For those students who are ready to further their development, we offer our student development programme, which aims to foster optimism, create meaningful goals, develops personal resilience and gain new skills, experience and knowledge to support their aspirations in life.