Trying to find work can be a challenging process in itself, and when you experience a mental health disorder, trying to find work can be downright daunting.
Newport Mental Health launched NMH Employment Services last September to help clients find and keep employment. Since then a steady stream of clients have become and stayed employed.
“I am happy to report that we currently have 136 clients who are employed,” said NMH Employment Coordinator Abigail Farrow. “This really speaks to the talented pool of clients we have along with the program we’re running.” She added that included in that number are the 14 NMH clients that found employment in June.
Farrow noted that the NMH Employment Services provides ongoing support and communication to both employees and employers. Employees receive on-the-job counseling along with individualized long-term supports, if needed.
“Rhode Island has about 83 percent unemployment for those with mental health challenges, surpassing Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont,” said NMH CEO and President Jamie Lehane. “The county and state exact huge cost savings when people with mental health conditions find employment.”
Overall, people with mental health conditions make up the largest group of recipients receiving disability, he added.
The mission of Newport Mental Health is to improve the lives of children, adults and families living and working in Newport County by providing the highest quality, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and integrated mental health and substance use care. NMH serves clients in Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton.