For most people, work is an important part
of their lives and identities. Having a job helps you feel better about
yourself and your future. It gives you a chance to connect with others. Work
also provides needed income, and it gives you a chance to learn and grow as a
Because of stigma about mental health problems, some
employers may have concerns about hiring you. This can make it harder for you
to get the job you want. Think about the benefits and harms of telling an employer if you have PTSD. If you need special accommodations, then you probably need to tell your employer. For example, if you need to leave in the middle of the day for an appointment. Ask for advice and support from your mental health
care team. They can help you see the benefits or downsides of talking about your
problem with an employer.
If you have a job already, you may feel
stressed or nervous at work. Or you may be worn out or tired. Getting treatment
for your symptoms will help improve your ability to work.
communities have resources, such as local job services, that can help you find
a job and be successful at it. Community services include:
- Job skills training. This includes help with preparing for
interviews, preparing resumes, and learning other skills needed to find work.
- Education about tax incentive programs. This may help you get
- On-the-job training placement. This helps you get work
cities have a local job service, employment office, or state health and welfare
office. These organizations can help you get work or find a place to live. You
can find information about these services in the phone book or on the
Your doctor or a local church also may be able to
connect you with services that can help. Your doctor may refer you to a social
worker or case manager who can help you find a place to live. You may be able
to find the training and support you need to get and keep a job. You may also
find programs through your mental health care team.
Substance abuse, which is common with some mental
health problems, may make your life harder. If you have this problem, talk
to your doctor about getting drug or alcohol treatment.
sometimes lose your temper or harm others, talk with people about it. Your
health care team and family can help you. Drug and alcohol use also may lead to
actions that can harm you or others and/or result in jail time, so avoid them. If you have a drug or
alcohol problem, get help.
If you or
your loved one is in jail and has a mental health problem, make sure the staff
members know about the problem. They may have services that can help. Support
also may be available when you or your loved one is released from jail.
People with mental health problems also are more likely to be victims of
crime. Ask a trusted family member, friend, or health professional to help you
if you are a victim of a crime.