Considerable research is available around how to help people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, find and keep jobs. Evidence is lacking, however, on how to best support clients with mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. Reducing this evidence imbalance can support more equitable access to employment services for people with mental health disorders – regardless of where they fall on the severity spectrum.
This project begins with a literature review of the employment services delivered by EO to Ontarians, mental health policy in Ontario, and existing practices and recommendations for supporting the job search process for clients with mild to moderate mental health issues. It then surveys front-line staff at EO service providers around the province who have delivered services to a client with these issues who has successfully found work or returned to training or school. The survey asks: What job search supports and services through EO Employment Services are needed for clients displaying signs, symptoms and/or diagnosis of mild to moderate mental health issues to assist them with fully transitioning into the labour market?
The 187 survey responses are analyzed in four main areas: