Understanding mental health conditions

Finding a job you enjoy can have a significant impact on your quality of life. For someone with a mental health condition, employment can contribute to a sense of purpose, financial independence and community contribution.

For someone dealing with a mental health condition searching for a job can be overwhelming. We can support you every step of the way at the pace you are comfortable with.

  • Each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness
  • It is estimated about 45% of Australians may experience mental illness at some point in their lives
  • Mental health conditions can range from mild, lasting only a few weeks, to moderate and severe, impacting on all areas of a person's ability to function day to day.

Some of the main groups of mental health conditions include:


Heads up

Mental illness is a general term that refers to a group of illnesses that affect the brain and can alter a persons thoughts, perceptions, feelings and behaviours.

Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)

National Alliance on Mental Illness



To ensure your needs are met in the workplace we may discuss with you and your employer the following modifications:

  • offering flexible working arrangements (e.g. job rotation, variable start and finish times)
  • a workplace coach or mentor
  • access to the employee assistance program (EAP)
  • varied tasks, or possibility to manage a self-paced workload
  • extra time to learn tasks and option to attend tailored training sessions.

Reference: HeadsUp

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