We help job seekers living with depression

One in seven people in Australia will experience depression at some point in their life.

This means that if you’re searching for work while living with depression, you aren’t alone.

At APM, we help job seekers living with an injury, illness or disability, including mood disorders like depression, find and thrive in meaningful jobs.

Finding the right job can be helpful for people living with depression as it can:

  • Help you feel more engaged in everyday life
  • Help you connect with others in a meaningful way
  • Give you a sense of purpose

If you’re looking for support to get started with your employment journey, APM can help.

See our advice on finding a job for people living with depression below, and register today to see how we can help you find fulfilling work, with an employer who is dedicated to your needs.

What to look for in a job when you’re living with depression

If you’re living with depression, know that there are employers and workplaces out there which can be fulfilling and support your mental wellbeing.

Along with your skills and passions, your symptoms and needs will vary from person to person.

It’s important that you take this into consideration when you start to look for work.

In your job search, focus on finding a role which enhances your strengths and enables you to manage your mental health.

While the way everyone experiences depression will be different, you may like to consider the following job features:

What environment do I work best in?

Where do you work best? Many people living with depression might need a quiet, calm or structured environment to work in.

Some work best from home, others thrive in outdoor environments.

Look for a role that has your desired workplace environment.

What is my capacity for social interaction?

Everyone's capacity for social interaction at work is different.

If your depression symptoms mean you work best with limited social interaction, you might prefer working on your own.

On the other hand, it might be important for you to feel connected to others in your job.

What kinds of things do I find rewarding?

The most rewarding jobs often give you a sense of purpose.

Think about your passions and values, and try and find a role that aligns with these.

When your work feels meaningful, it can be easier to overcome the challenges.

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Good job ideas for people living with depression

Everyone experiences depression differently, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all list of jobs that will work best for you.

However, here are some job ideas to help you get started on your journey of finding meaningful employment, in a role that suits your situation and mental health.

In your job search, focus on finding a role which enhances your strengths and enables you to manage your mental health.

Finding a fulfilling job can take time. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed or have moments of feeling disheartened throughout your search.

If you need some extra support finding a job that will work for you, we can help.

Register now to talk to our Employment Consultants who can provide you with personalised job advice.


Research shows that fresh air and sunshine have a positive impact on mental health. A job in horticulture will give you plenty of both in a low-stress environment. You could work in a nursery, design outdoor spaces as a landscaper or look after school grounds.


*Please note that these job suggestions may not be suitable for everyone with depression. These job suggestions may suit some people depending on their circumstances including, but not limited to, their current experience with depression.

What employment services does APM offer?

APM is Australia's largest provider Disability Employment Services, a government-funded program which helps people living with injury, illness or disability find and keep work.

We can help you with things like:

  • Career advice
  • Finding suitable job opportunities
  • Meeting local employers
  • Writing resumes and job applications
  • Preparing for job interviews
  • Accessing training
  • Accessing mental health support
  • Ongoing workplace support
  • Accessing funding for things like uniforms and transport
  • Accessing workplace modifications to help you succeed at work
  • Workplace assessments to help identify what support is right for you

Ready to get started?

Register now to see if you’re eligible for our Disability Employment Services program and start your employment journey.


Your personal job plan

APM helps job seekers succeed in their search with tailored job support and guidance.

Identify your strengths:

  • Many individuals with disabilities have unique strengths that can be valuable in the workforce. It’s important to identify and communicate these to potential employers.
  • At APM, we have a team of experienced career consultants who can help you to identify your strengths and match them to suitable job opportunities. Strengths can include things like creativity, empathy and perseverance that can be valuable in many roles.
  • Our goal is to help you find a job that suits your skills and interests, and we are committed to supporting you throughout the entire process.

Building a job around you:

  • Explore realistic job options where you can succeed
  • Develop a personal strategy that includes job searches, resumes and interviews
  • Discuss your support needs with your employer
  • Look at any requirements for equipment or workplace modifications to help you perform a specific job
  • Consider what support you might need when you start working

4 steps to making a positive change in
your life

When you register with APM, we check your eligibility for the program, and help you get started. We guide you through the Centrelink process and your initial assessment, which decides your capacity for employment and suitability for the program.


Apply online

Register with us, and we'll be in touch in the next couple of days to discuss further.


Schedule appointment

Meet your dedicated employment consultant at your nearest APM office.



Talk to us

Discuss your disability or health condition, and employment needs.



Get started

Your employment journey begins!



Our support doesn’t stop when you start working.

We also want to make sure you and your employer have everything you need to be a success together.

Depending on your level of support and the job you start, we work together to make sure you’re able to work safely and effectively.

This can include helping you access training, job coaching, performance monitoring, and understanding the workplace culture and what is expected from you.

We also support workplaces with proactive education to be aware of any impacts you may have so we can help avoid any misunderstandings and create a culture of support and inclusion.

If you need ongoing support for long periods of time we will also discuss this with you and establish a support structure.

Our goal is to see you enjoy rewarding and long-term employment and ensure you have the right level of support to succeed.

Get in touch with our teams to find out more.


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