Many organizations listed in the section “Programs for all Disabilities” will be suitable for students and graduates with mental health concerns as they are quite common and can be accompanied by other disabilities and conditions. The following organizations and programs are dedicated solely to those with mental health and addictions concerns.
Canadian Mental Health Association - Employment Services
Provides comprehensive employment assistance to individuals living with mental health and addictions challenges. The program focuses on developing competitive job opportunities to assist people in finding and maintaining employment. CMHA Toronto Employment Services is a service provider for the ODSP program (see the section on services for All Disabilities for more details on this program and how it works)
STRIDE Employment Connections
STRIDE provides a full range of employment services to people managing mental health and/or addictions concerns living in Halton and Peel. Services include assessing work readiness, employment planning and job search training and support through the ODSP program (see the section on services for All Disabilities for more details on this program and how it works).
Oasis Movement helps individuals who have made the decision to be free of drug and alcohol addiction and integrate themselves back into society by providing programs and services designed to help them to stabilize their recovery, overcome personal barriers, educate themselves and join the workforce by finding viable employment.
CMHA Steps to Employment
A publication of CMHA outlining the process of employment planning and job search for those with mental health concerns. Steps to Employment. A Workbook for those who have experienced mental health problems.
CMHA has a variety of resources detailing various strategies for individuals living, studying and working with mental health concerns.
Career and Job Search Guide from Temple University PA
A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work. Although this online resource is from the US, it has a lot of great information and tips on career and job search.
updated August 27, 2022