Serious Mental Illness, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Employment

  • Terry KrupaEmail author
  • Shu-Ping Chen
  • Glenda Carter
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


People with serious mental illness experience high levels of unemployment but also typically have weak labor market attachments. This chapter presents principles underlying contemporary practice focused on accessing, supporting, and creating real work opportunities as the foundation of best practice. Three approaches to employment support and vocational rehabilitation that create and support work for this population, including supported employment, social entrepreneurship, and creating jobs within health systems are presented. The chapter provides an overview of a few individual-level interventions, such as cognitive remediation, which have been implemented to enhance positive work outcomes, and briefly introduces points of debate within the field of psychiatric vocational rehabilitation. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the potential application of the ICF core categories to the field and offers a case example of one multicomponent vocational service.


Mental Illness Employment Rate Mental Health System Vocational Rehabilitation Social Entrepreneurship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Rehabilitation TherapyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.School of Rehabilitation TherapyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Frontenac Community Mental Health and Addictions ServicesKingstonCanada

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