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How can I find a job if I have a serious mental illness?

Society defines people by their occupation. "What do you do?" is a very common question when you meet a person for the first time. Many people with serious mental illness (SMI) want a job just as everyone does, but finding one can be difficult. What's more, because people with SMI usually need a bit of extra guidance when they take a job it is sometimes difficult for them to stay employed. Though many people do not divulge their SMI to their employer, some employers are more understanding if they know about it, and may be prepared to make adjustments to the job to make it easier to keep. The job you did before you became unwell may not be the job for you at this time. Taking a high stress position may result in failure.

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