Youth Employment Services YES is excited to provide Employment Agencies with a workshop curriculum package that has been developed to help Employment Specialists better support youth living with mental health issues seek and maintain employment.
This package provides resources and tools for Employment Specialists who are looking to expand their programming and adapt their practices to better serve youth with mental health issues – covering topics such as: basic mental health, how to best adapt employment service practices to fit the needs of youth living with mental illness, and how to prepare youth living with mental health issues for new employment – an often challenging period of transitions and lifestyle changes for them.
With 1 in 5 people experiencing some form of mental illness at some point in their life, understanding the needs of youth who are living with mental health issues and having the tools/resources to work with them is extremely important for Employment Specialist who are currently working in the field. Outside the employment sector, mental health has quickly become one of the most pressing health concerns in Canada, with many campaigns, programs, and services being developed to support those living with mental health challenges. Within the employment sector, there are unfortunately very few resources that have been developed to specifically address the unique needs of those living with mental health issues who are trying to access employment and so YES, in partnership with the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada have developed this workshop curriculum package for all Employment Specialists so that they can develop the skills and have access to resources that will support them to best assist these youth who are seeking and hoping to maintain successful employment.
YES would like to thank The Counselling Foundation of Canada and the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health for their support in developing a resource whose main goals are to:
- Provide Employment Counselors with a basic understanding of mental health as well as the knowledge of how employment and the mental illness recovery process are related.
- Provide Employment Agencies/Counselors with tips and best practices on how to create an open and supportive environment for youth living with mental health issues.
- Provide Employment Counselors with six pre-employment workshops that have been specifically created to help prepare youth living with mental health issues seek and maintain employment successfully.