If you are unemployed, it is highly likely that you are going to be on Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support or on the Work and Health Programme.
You might be seen as being capable of work or work ready. Alternatively, you may be further away from work where a psychological or physical issue might be creating barriers for you to return to or enter the workplace.
Whatever your circumstances you may be offered practical support through training or upskilling opportunities. This might include voluntary or permitted work. Any offer of gaining new skills or experience is valuable, HOWEVER, if a person is struggling psychologically or emotionally, it is unlikely that any of this will help. Often it can make problems worse, especially if those issues relate to anxiety and depression and areas around confidence and self esteem.
Working Minds offers specialized wellbeing services via DWP funded provisions to help enable and facilitate unemployed people closer to or back into work. We do this by combining a blended approach of Counselling and Cognitive Coaching with practical aspects such as Mentoring to help get people off benefits and into progressive life and work outcomes. People regain their confidence and self belief. They become motivated and take more responsibility for their own outcomes and for the future of their dependents. In doing so, their psychological barriers often diminish or disappear altogether.
We offer a mature and evidence based service which enables unemployed people to regain their confidence and motivation through behavioural activation and a professional focus on their key barriers to doing more to support themselves and their families through progressive work and activity outcomes.
Through working in partnership with our Clients, Work Coaches and other relevant support services, Working Minds produces truly Person Centred results that are evidence based, innovative and successful.
In a recent study, over 25% of all Working Minds clients achieved a working outcome during or after completion of their sessions. Over 95% evidenced a reduction of or recovery from, mental health barriers such as anxiety and depression, that they were experiencing prior to referral. Similarly, over 95% became more behaviourally activated and achieved at least 5 Social Justice outcomes, improving their health and work opportunities.
As a result of these outcomes, Working Minds also advises Government Work and Health policy.
Working Minds continues to seek further opportunities to support and progress the working outcomes of unemployed people through its partnership with the Department of Health and Pensions and local Job Centres.