Factsheet: Employment & Mental Health
This factsheet is available in a downloadable PDF here.
Within Edinburgh there are 6 different organisations that provide support for people with mental health problems to get back into a working environment.
Not everyone will be ready or able to move directly into paid, mainstream employment so these organisations offer a broad range of options.
There are opportunities for anyone wishing to move directly into mainstream employment but looking for some help and guidance on how to best achieve this.
Alternatively you may prefer a preparatory stepping stone towards this goal that lets you "test the water" before making a commitment and this is also catered for.
For some people who want to be involved in meaningful occupation but without the pressure and expectation of a paid position we have alternatives to mainstream employment available.
All 6 organisations listed below work closely together and either one will be able to advise on the options available to you.
Occupational Therapy Horticulture
Ruth BarrProject Royal Edinburgh Hospital Morningside Terrace Edinburgh EH10 5HF
0131 537 6711, [email protected]
Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Unit
Kerry Robertson/ Carolyn AtkinsonBallenden House, 28 – 30 Howden Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9HL
0131 536 9469
Work Training Project
Maria Cavin / Carolyn Atkinson5 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2DY
0131 536 8665
Redhall Walled Garden (SAMH)
Tel: 0131 443 094697 Lanark road, Edinburgh EH14 2LZ
Forth Sector – Social Firms
SPACE11 Harewood Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4NS
0131 659 4710
Cheryl TudorMethodist Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP
0131 228 3411
Fiona Ross or Isobel Campbell
Tel: 0131 557 0718The Stafford Centre, 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RZ
Open Employment Scheme
Tel: 0131 525 8040
Building 4,5-7 New Parliament House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH7 4BL
Edinburgh Volunteer Centre Sarah Cleary
Tel: 0131 225 0630
Below are links to Services in the Edspace database that may be of interest:
External websites related to Employment & Mental Health
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- Support in mind Scotland
Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness. This includes those who are family members, carers and supporters.
- Volunteer Centre Edinburgh
Choose from hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Edinburgh, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Also provide a Support and Advice Team for potential volunteers with extra support needs.
- Joined Up for Jobs
- Capital City Partnership
The Capital City Partnership is a partnership of key statutory, voluntary and community agencies in the city working together to promote social inclusion and achieve social justice for the people of Edinburgh.
- Careers Scotland
...provides a starting point for anyone looking for careers information, advice or guidance.
- Job Centre Plus
Jobcentre Plus is a government agency supporting people of working age from welfare into work, and helping employers to fill their vacancies. We are part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and play a major role in supporting the Department’s aim to ‘promote opportunity and independence for all through modern, customer-focused services’.
Our key objectives are to:
- Increase the effective supply of labour by promoting work as the best form of welfare and helping unemployed and economically inactive people move into employment
- Work towards parity of outcomes for ethnic minority customers
- Pay customers the correct benefit at the right time and protect the benefit system from fraud, error and abuse
- Provide high-quality and demand-led services to employers, which help fill job vacancies quickly and effectively with well-prepared and motivated employees
- Help people facing the greatest barriers to employment to compete effectively in the labour market and move into and remain in work
- Improve continuously the quality, accessibility and delivery of services to all customers
- Ensure that people receiving working age benefits fulfil their responsibilities while providing appropriate help and support for those without work
- Increase Jobcentre Plus’ overall productivity, efficiency and effectiveness
- Vocational Rehabilitation Association
The VRA is a muti-disciplinary UK-wide organisation supporting and promoting all those working in vocational rehabilitation whether in the public, private, voluntary or third sector.
- Work Force Plus
Workforce Plus - an Employability Framework for Scotland
- College of Occupational Therapists
The British Association/College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapy staff in the UK.
- NHS Lothian Site
NHS Lothian Website