This month’s Tidbit: Mental Health

We are very happy to share what we are learning about the awareness of Mental Health and its impact on work readiness.

Approximately 20% of Canadians experience mental illness or addiction in a year. For an individual to be successful in the workplace it is not only job skills that are needed. The overall well-being and mental health of an individual are important factors in workplace success.  Participants in Worktopia have expressed excitement about their newfound self-confidence, ability to overcome challenges, and growing independence.

To read more about Mental Health and Work Readiness for individuals with autism, click on the WORKTOPIA EXCHANGE TIDBIT image on the left.

Worktopia is a unique federally funded initiative that is designed to improve the employment futures of youth and young adults with ASD as they transition from high school to independent adulthood.  Program participants are provided with opportunities to develop social, communication and job skills in a wide variety of community and workplace settings, with the aim of increasing future employment success.  The Worktopia programs are currently being offered by 12 organizations located in 7 provinces across Canada and include the EmploymentWorks Canada program, the CommunityWorks Canada® program and the SchoolWorks Canada program.

One of the key aims of Worktopia is to use program learnings gathered from across the country to help develop evidence informed practice, influence policy makers and support ongoing research for improved outcomes related to employment and ASD.

For more information about Worktopia, and to learn more about becoming a peer mentor visit www.worktopia.ca.

Worktopia is sponsored by The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada, and is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

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