BACKGROUND: UK social firms are under-researched but are a potentially important vocational option for people with mental health problems.
AIMS: To describe the clinical profile, satisfaction levels and experiences of social firms employees with mental health problems.
METHOD: Clinical, work and service use characteristics were collected from social firms' employees with mental health problems in England and Wales. Workplace experience and satisfaction were explored qualitatively.
RESULTS: Predominantly, social firms' employees (N = 80) report that they have a diagnosis of depression (56%) and anxiety (41%). People with schizophrenia (20%) or bipolar disorder (5%) were a minority. Respondents had low symptom and disability levels, high quality of life and job satisfaction and experienced reductions in secondary mental health service use over time. High-workplace satisfaction was related to flexibility, manager and colleague support and workplace accommodations.
CONCLUSIONS: The clinical profile, quality of life and job satisfaction level of employees with mental health problems suggest social firms could be a useful addition to UK vocational services for some people. Current employees mainly have common mental disorders, and social firms will need to shift their focus if they are to form a substantial pathway for the vocational recovery of people currently using community mental health teams.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Mental Health|
|Early online date||23 Jul 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2015|
- Bipolar Disorder/epidemiology
- Job Satisfaction
- Mental Disorders/epidemiology
- Middle Aged
- Schizophrenic Psychology
- United Kingdom/epidemiology
- mental illness
- social firms