Jobs for People with Schizophrenia
The U.K. government accepts a range of mental health disorders as disabilities under The Equality Act of 2010. Some of those disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, personality disorders, and schizophrenia.
If you have schizophrenia that has been diagnosed by a professional, you are entitled to help and support related to having a disability.
One of the places you are entitled to support is in the workplace and in the world of work in general.
How Can Schizophrenia Affect Me Getting a Job?
The NHS defines schizophrenia as a “long-term mental health condition with a range of different psychological symptoms, including psychosis, hallucinations, and delusions.”
Having such a mental health condition makes it, understandably, difficult to find a job that will be able to support you and manage your condition appropriately. It also might make it difficult to retain a job as you suffer symptoms so regularly. Many people find that living with schizophrenia makes them very tired and that after working they need ample time to “recharge their batteries”.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a job if you have schizophrenia. It just means that you need to choose the right job for you and your specific condition.
Can I Get a Job with Schizophrenia?
Yes! With the right support, anyone with schizophrenia can get a job and re-enter the workforce.
Many people with schizophrenia state that their biggest challenge with getting a job is knowing where to start. If you have never had a steady job before, you might not know what to expect when looking for a new one. And if you have had a bad experience with a certain job or employer before, you might be very reluctant to go back down the same path.
Careers with Disabilities can help you figure out exactly where to start and help you to get back on your feet.
Where Can I Find Good Jobs for People with Schizophrenia?
If you have schizophrenia and you are looking for a new job, you can check out our disability-friendly job board to find jobs suitable for you and your needs. Finding a job posted by an accessible, inclusive and diverse employer can make all the difference to your experience with recruitment and the world of work.
You can also take a look at our materials and guides for disabled people entering the workforce. It is important that you know your rights and know where to go if your rights aren’t being upheld.
With the right guidance, advice, and support, anyone with schizophrenia can find a job that they love.