The following are examples of strategies and resources that may help individuals build confidence in their ability to advance their careers in a direction of their choosing despite their mental health situation:
Peer & Non-Peer Mentors
Individuals at this level may need assistance developing proactive and intentional approaches to fostering relationships with people they admire both in and outside of the workplace and/or school (like senior co-workers or professors). Mentors can include other individuals with lived experience (peer) who can relate to challenges specific to mental health and decent work. Peers or not, these relationships can serve as an important source of encouragement over the long-term.
Individuals in this phase may benefit from regular check ins with a supportive, trustworthy person such as a mentor, senior coworker, or counselor. They can assist with planning and provide accountability to follow through on tasks related to searching for future job opportunities while also meeting current responsibilities. See an example of a coaching model here.
It is critical that individuals at this level prioritize their wellness, which can help improve their confidence in their ability to meet responsibilities in several areas of their lives. Individuals may benefit from assistance developing and maintaining routines related to proper nutrition, sleep hygiene, physical activity, and mindfulness meditation. Consider wellness resources designed specifically for individuals living with mental health conditions.
Work or school accommodations may help individuals feel more confident in their ability to attend to competing priorities. Individuals can request informal or formal accommodations and oftentimes can benefit from assistance identifying what kinds of accommodations might be most beneficial for them.
Accommodations may also include provisions for short or long-term leave given a significant change in their mental health situation.