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What is it like to work when you have a mental illness?

At http://www.nchsd.org/library/videos/AHCCCS/index.asp 5 people who have varied disabilities share their own stories about returning to work. The 3rd and the 4th stories are told by two people who have had mental illnesses.

Psychiatric symptoms can interfere with a person's work. For a list of such challenges and how they might be handled go to: http://www.bu.edu/cpr/jobschool/functemp.htm

A brief, first-person article by a person who has had schizophrenia since high school and works as a member of an ACT team can be found at: www.world-schizophrenia.org/stories/goodnews.html

A Canadian researcher interviewed a number of people about going to work and summarized some of their responses at this website: http://www.cmha.ca/data/1/rec_docs/439_getting_a_job.pdf

Members of Job Quest - a Toronto peer group for those interested in returning to work - shared their personal experiences in a focus group and the information was compiled into an article entitled "STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS: A Consumer’s Guide to the Workplace". You can read the article at: http://www.cmha.ca/data/1/rec_docs/435_strat_for_success.pdf

At http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/file/downloads/pdf/I-havent-told-experiences.pdf you can read what some New Zealanders with mental illnesses have experienced. Start on page 15 to read what the people who were interviewed said.

https://student/gototraining.com/40ck6-recording/2338946343022014720 This website contains a 20-minute video of a number of people who have successfully returned to work while recovering form mental illness.




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