During the fall regional consultations we met with over 100 participants across the province including: career practitioners, specialized employment service providers, mental health service providers, educators/guidance counsellors, and career resource service users. This included 25 career resource centre managers. Based on the preliminary research findings and from our discussions what is clear:
- More clients accessing career resource services are disclosing mental health problems/illness as a factor in their employment/career planning.
- Many career counsellors are not feeling confident that they have the knowledge and skills needed to serve this client population well.
- Career practitioners feel they would benefit from having more information about mental health problems/illness.
- When clients need additional support many career practitioners are uncertain how to access mental health services within their communities.
- Having access to mental health specialists would improve service delivery by career practitioners.
- Clients with mental health problems/illnesses agree!
Although not comprehensive, the following resources and toolkits have been gathered together to begin to close this knowledge gap including: