Evaluation of the quality of supported employment programs' implementation in BC and of vocational outcomes of people with serious mental health problems

The World Health Organization estimates that 90 per cent of people with mental health problems who are ready to enter the workforce are unemployed. Dr. Marc Corbière is examining the factors that help people with a serious mental illness obtain and maintain a job. He is assessing factors such as self-esteem, social supports, past work experience, barriers to employment, psychiatric diagnosis, the severity of mental health problems and cognitive functions. Dr. Corbière is also evaluating the implementation of supported employment programs for people with mental illness in BC. This research will help programs tailor vocational support services to the needs of mental health consumers to ensure more people with mental illness are able to find and keep a job.