Finding a job with Mental Health

As if it’s not hard enough to find a job, not alone having to find a job whilst you have mental health.

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I’m guessing a few of you may have been to countless interviews, been honest about your mental health and not received a phone call/email confirming employment? Or maybe you’ve hidden that you have mental health to get a job, and then been sacked because of your mental health?

I know I have. 

My first job in a Bakery I didn’t tell them about my mental health but had to when they saw my scarred arms. They NEVER discriminated against me, but only gossiped which I was able to live with. 

My second job was at a Community Centre. I was open about mental health from the start, and within two weeks, sacked because of being ‘high risk’.

From that ordeal I didn’t feel comfortable speaking about my mental health. But I carried on. I had three interviews within 10 days, and now have a new job as a fundraiser, even though I’m only on trial, so it’s like a bit of voluntary work.

I know it’s difficult when you have mental health. Everything seems like a dead end. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and I believe in YOU.

“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estee Lauder

 

A quote that I love. No matter what happens, no matter how many ‘NO’s’ you get, keep going. It will get you the job and future YOU want. Your mental health does not define you, you define yourself.

I believe that you will find a manager that understands and treats you like everyone else, and not someone with mental health. I believe you won’t be singled out. 

If any of you reading this, have experience with being discriminated against, or even how difficult it is for you personally, then please, I’d love to hear from you and hope to hear your experiences. 

Be honest. Be open. Be happy.

 
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