There are many ways in which employment can be a valuable part of our overall well-being. Benefits of working include:

– Income and financial stability, which in turn can positively impact our quality of life
– Set daily routines and build a sense of structure
– Opportunity for social activities and making social supports
– Personal achievement
– A sense of purpose
– Building a sense of status and identity

For those living with a mental illness, employment is an opportunity to build well-being and help promote recovery. On the other hand, unemployment also has a big impact on one’s well-being. Studies have shown that those who are unemployed but receive the same amount of income assistance as they earned while they were working still experienced a loss of well-being.  Some ways that unemployment, especially when you didn’t plan it, may affects your well-being:

– Increased levels of stress
– Lower self-esteem
– Fear and uncertainty about the future
– Social isolation
– Stigma (Personal and Societal)
– Increased risk of problematic substance use
– Increased risk of a mental illness
– Experience worsening symptoms of a mental illness

Please see employment resources below or CMHA Regina Branch Vocational Program for more information.


CMHA BC Division. (2014). Unemployment, Mental Health and Substance Use. Retrieved from CMHA British Columbia Division: https://cmha.bc.ca/documents/unemployment-mental-health-and-substance-use/