Employment in mind: the Poppy Factory employability service and veterans with mental health conditions

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Carolan, Stephany
Centre for Mental Health
Date of publication
12 April 2016
Mental health services, Employment
Social welfare
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This report finds that ex-service personnel with a serious mental health condition are nearly three times more likely to find and stay in work if they are supported through Individual Placement and Support (IPS). The author explores the barriers to employment faced by ex-Service personnel, and how these can be overcome. She identifies challenges including:

  • inadequate preparation for civilian employment;
  •  difficulties adjusting to new workplace cultures, and 
  • assumptions among employers about veterans’ mental health and the employability of those with a mental health condition.

She explains the work of The Poppy Factory in devising strategies to overcome these, concluding that:

  • the employment rate for IPS is twice that of usual high quality vocational support for people with serious mental illness, and
  • veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are nearly three times more likely get into open employment if they access IPS instead of supported employment.

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