Asking for help to find a job was the best thing Mitchell's done for himself
Putting yourself out there to find a job can be tough.
Some people don’t manage find an area of work where they can really shine.
But not Mitchell.
Mitchell lives with ADD, PTSD and autism, and he struggled to find a role he could really immerse himself in, before he connected with APM.
He remembers how stressful it was “I was really depressed a lot of the time, and had trouble focusing - I hadn't really found a job that suited me.”
“Being in a new place can be a total shock to my system, and I struggled to learn new things” he said.
For Mitchell, it was essential to be in an environment where he worked well, with potential for growth and professional development.
Finding the right fit for Mitchell
Mental health conditions can take a huge toll on worker health and productivity and can have wide ripple effects.
Mitchell and his dedicated employment consultant worked together on some job interview skills such as managing nerves before and during an interview and knowing the best questions to ask.
He described his experience with APM positively “(my consultant) really sat down with me and helped me figure out where I fit in, what I was actually good at."
“It doesn’t matter what mental challenges you face; they will always help and that has been brilliant,” he said.
Mitchell worked hard to utilise these skills and was successfully employed at a large hotel in Perth.
Developing coping mechanisms for his nerves were very helpful for Mitchell, particularly on his first day and settling into his role.
“I’m currently working as a bellboy/valet parker/night auditor. I do a little bit of everything so there’s a lot of variety and it’s customer service in an area where I really shine."
A positive outlook
Having the structure of a job in his life has been, as he describes, “magical” for Mitchell.
Knowing he can support himself financially and manage his mental health and wellbeing has enabled him to enjoy life that little bit more.
“My mental health has certainly improved and that is improving my friendships as well, I've become more positive,” he said.
“It means that I can actually plan for the future, which is something I haven’t been able to do for a long time. I’m able to do things that I enjoy, having the cash to cover my bills and spare cash to have a meal out and other little things.”
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