Students with mental health issues benefit from traditional job supports such as career assessments, job search training, and work-based learning opportunities. As referenced in the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability's workforce guide , youth with mental health needs may also benefit from employment programs that offer
- opportunities to gain and practice their work skills in workplace settings;
- positive behavioral supports in work settings;
- connections to successfully employed peers and role models with mental health needs;
- knowledge of effective methods of stress management to cope with the pressures of the workplace;
- knowledge of and access to a full range of workplace supports and accommodations such as supported employment, customized employment, job carving, and job coaches; and
- connections as early as possible to programs and service (e.g., Career One-Stop , Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service , community rehabilitation programs) for career exploration provided in a non-stigmatizing environment.
In addition, young people with mental health issues may benefit from access training specifically designed to educate them about disability-related matters such as benefits planning, disclosure options, accommodation needs, and available disability-related work support options.
For more information on mental illness, including typical accommodations for students with mental illness, consult the Knowledge Base article What is a mental illness?  and the publication Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities .
-  workforce guide
-  Career One-Stop
-  Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service
-  What is a mental illness?
-  Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities