Orygen Youth Health Research Centre has released a report discussing the difficulties faced by young people with mental illness in regards to employment and education opportunities: Tell Them They’re Dreaming: Work, Education and Young People with Mental Illness in Australia.
The following key issues have been highlighted by Orygen:
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• Unemployment and participation rates of people with mental illness have remained relatively unchanged over the last decade at around 20% and 28% respectively, and are the worst of any disability group.
• People with mental illness constitute the largest, and fastest growing, group in receipt of the Disability Support Pension, the two most common exits from which are the Aged Pension and death.
• Current employment services are achieving unsatisfactory results for people with mental illness. The three most intensive programs achieved job placement outcomes of 26.6%, 24.2% and 18.8% for people with psychiatric conditions.
• There is currently no use by employment agencies of evidence-based employment interventions for people with mental illness in Australia. Evidence-based interventions such as Individual Placement and Support (IPS) have been shown to triple employment outcomes.