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Tips for returning to school or work after diagnosis

The goal of any mental health professional is to help you achieve your personal hopes and dreams for your future. We understand that for many young people, this means attending school or working. Experiencing mental health symptoms can sometimes knock us off track from achieving our goals; however, with the proper guidance, it is possible to get back on track as soon as possible.

Working can be extremely beneficial and has been shown to improve self-esteem and provide an opportunity to develop new friendships, learn new skills, earn money and gain independence. Along with providing assistance with jobs, your mental health team can also help and support you if you decide that you want to go back to school. High school and college can be a stressful time and your support team can provide extra support to make that period of time less taxing. 

If you think specialized assistance with getting back to school or work would be a helpful part of your treatment, ask your treatment team about education and employment specialists. These specialists can help you in many different ways, including writing a resume, preparing for job interviews, meeting potential employers, applying to college or getting special assistance or accommodations to help you. 

Whether your goal is to return to school or to work, remember that your treatment team is there to help and support you every step of the way!

Megan Brennan, LMHC

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