Mental health problems are relatively common within the population and as many as one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point. Yet those experiencing mental health difficulties are often amongst the most excluded in society. This paper considers the individual and wider aspects of a community-based initiative intended to strengthen the capacity of individuals with experience of mental health issues to engage positively in the labour market. The paper illustrates how a small, educational project can help to develop mutually supportive labour and social links within the regional and local community. Thus, more than serving the direct needs and aspirations of the individuals, such projects also have the potential to contribute to the local government's new responsibility to promote community well-being.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Journal of Community Work and Development|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|