Thursday, October 16, 2008

Staffers At Workforce Training Organization Know Mental Illness

from The Hartford Courant:

Donna Duda might not be the first person who comes to mind when you think of a job coach.

Diagnosed with agoraphobia and three disorders — panic, obsessive compulsive and post-traumatic stress — Duda, of East Hartford,
hadn't held a full-time job since 1988. After working part time for a
couple of years, she only recently went back to work full time at Focus
on Recovery United in Middletown.

"My coping skill was suicide," said Duda, who would tell herself, "If I can't get through it, I can do that any night."

Duda and the other staff members at FOR-U, a nonprofit support
organization, have similar stories. They've been institutionalized or
homeless, battled drug or alcohol addiction. Most never expected to
work again.

But because of the staff's experience with mental illness, FOR-U was
chosen to run a new state program aimed at helping people dealing with
mental illness or other problems get hired. The program, called the
Connecticut Recovery Employment Consultation Service (C-RECS), will
teach those dealing with mental illness or other problems about the
Americans With Disabilities Act, help them with interviewing skills and
resumes, and maintain a website with a list of available jobs in the
behavioral health field.

1 comment:

Bob Packwood said...

Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses in which patients feel excessive anxiety, fear like agoraphobia or distress during situations in which most other people would not experience these symptoms. However, people with anxiety disorders experience disabling anxiety and distress that dramatically reduces their productivity and significantly diminishes their quality of life and ability to function on a daily basis.