Living with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression can make it hard to find a job that fits. You might have concerns about finding a supportive and understanding employer, maybe you’re worried the pressure of a certain industry could be “too much” to achieve a healthy work- life balance or it might just be tough finding the right job for your skills and experience.
We KNOW you’re more than your mental health condition. A mental health condition won’t stand in the way of you finding a job, but everyone needs a little support every now and again. So we’ve taken the pressure off your job search by rounding up the 5 best jobs for people living with depression and/or anxiety.
If a calming, quiet work environment paired with methodical tasks is what you’re looking for, working in a library or as a librarian may be a great fit for you. And while some full-time librarian positions require a degree, many libraries also hire library technicians/assistants. They help with organising books, working the circulation desk, scanning and uploading documents and helping customers find books and resources.
Libraries are an important part of any community, so you’ll not only have the satisfaction of a hard day’s work, but also knowing you’re making a difference in the world. What’s not to love about that!
2: Gardener & Landscaper
These jobs can be great for people with depression and anxiety. They give you the opportunity to work outdoors and allow you to get active, a great combination! Tasks may include grounds maintenance, watering and feeding plants, trimming trees/shrubs, weeding gardens and keeping spaces clean. You may be able to work by yourself or as part of a team, and there’s often flexibility to suit your lifestyle or management of your mental health condition.
3: Data Entry
Data entry is a type of clerical work that involves using processes like typing and voice recording for entering information (like numbers and names) into computer systems. This work can be done in a variety of industries, such as healthcare, finance, retail and transport/logistics.
So if you’re analytical and like routine work, data entry could be a great fit. There is often the possibility of working remotely or from home if that suits your condition better. There are lots of different positions, starting with internships/entry level, all the way up to jobs that require degrees. So there is something for everyone no matter your skill set.
4: Courier/Delivery Driver
People are shopping online more than ever – so the need for delivery drivers is also greater! This could include working for a postal service, local freight company, or you could even work for yourself! You’ll spend most of your time out and about, won’t have to deal with crowds of people or customer service. And you get to listen to whatever music you want so that’s always a bonus!
5: Be your own Boss
Sometimes it’s hard to find the right fit for you, or you want to build in the flexibility you know you’ll need to keep yourself healthy. Becoming your own boss is a great option and the range of business opportunities are endless including:
- Dog walking
- Lawn mowing
- Virtual Assistant/Administration
- Home cleaning/maintenance
- Or if you have a hobby, try selling your crafts online using platforms such as Facebook Marketplace or Etsy!
If you’re still not sure what kind of work is best suited to your needs, think about what you want out of a job or what you need to succeed. Whether it’s helping people, being active or outdoors, working alone or in a big group, identifying some of these can help steer you in the right direction and find a career you really love!
If you’re looking for help or not sure where to begin, our friendly team can help you with whatever stage you’re at. Get in touch to get started with Disability Employment Services and #CreateYourPossible.
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