Although individuals may struggle with their work interests, they can move toward building their confidence in their ability to work.
At this stage, it may be helpful to get the support of an integrated, recovery-oriented treatment team which includes employment service providers (ex. Assertive Community Treatment).
Recovery-oriented service providers can communicate the critical message that people with mental health-related gaps in their work history can and do resume meaningful work lives, even when they are still dealing with symptoms.
Exposure to peer providers in recovery-oriented treatment or rehabilitation settings who sustain decent work roles can help individuals to challenge their negative beliefs about their own capacity to work in the future.