Integration of mental and psychomotor training in vocational rehabilitation for persons with mental illness improves employment
1Jan Knapen, Annick Myszta and Yves Moriën
1Boddenveldweg 11, 3520 Zonhoven, Belgium
Common mental health problems, such as depression, burnout, personality disorders, anxiety- and somatoform disorders are often associated with unemployment. Employment is for many people with a mental vulnerability not only a source of financial income, but employment also determines their social status and inclusion, identity and self-image. In order to increase the employment rate of people with a mental vulnerability a centre for vocational rehabilitation in Belgium (AZERTIE) developed the I Care program. The I Care program, a combination of psychomotor and mental training, resulted in a employment over than 50% of people with a mental vulnerability. After at least one year employment 90% was still at work. When we compare the employment rate (over than 50%) with the rate of the period before the start-up of the I Care program (10%), we can conclude that the I Care program increased the employment of this vulnerable group five-fold.
vocational rehabilitation, mental and psychomotor training