Calls for a new approach to encouraging the mentally ill back to work

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An estimated 10% of the population suffer from a mental illness like anxiety or depression, with around 3% suffering from a psychotic illness like schizophrenia or bi polar disorder. That’s according to David Crosbie, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia (or MHCA). The MHCA released a report today titled “Let’s get to work”, a National Mental Health Employment Strategy – aimed at getting the significant level of mentally ill unemployed back to work. According to their research those with mental illness are 70% more likely to be unemployed, wasting a vast pool of untapped skills and human resources.

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