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inklusiv: Young People with Mental Disorders and Vocational Training

Integration of young people with mental disorders in the labour market

In Switzerland, nearly one out of six young persons (16%) has no occupational solution after completing compulsory education. Various transitional options and interim solutions have been created that can help with the schooling and social deficits and help young people look for an apprenticeship. Young people who have found no option after completing compulsory education more frequently have mental impairments and disorders than young people who begin an apprenticeship or go on to upper secondary schooling (Sabatella & von Wyl, 2014). This may be because not having a training place/apprenticeship causes psychological stress. But often it is also that many young people do not find an apprenticeship precisely because of a mental disorder.

In these cases, early intervention is important, as studies have shown that the course of an illness can be positively influenced if it is treated early and without delay (Stein et al., 2003). Through this, the young people’s further development is not impaired, and their occupational and personal future prospects remain good. In contrast, it has been found that the longer the delay before treating a mental disorder, the greater the risk that it will become chronic.

A ZHAW psychotherapist will join the team of the work integration programme "Lifetime Health", with the aim to improve the integration of young people with mental disorders into the labour market. In the study, all of the young people in the programme will receive the intervention, always provided that they are participating in the study voluntarily. We anticipate that approximately 60 young people will participate in the study and thus in the intervention. The group size for the group module will be limited to max. 8 participants. If the number of participants exceeds this limit, 2 groups will be formed. Using selected indicators, resulting changes will be measured at three measurement time points (entering the programme entry, leaving the programme, 6 months after leaving the programme).

The research project will be funded by the Gebert Rüf Stiftung under its BREF programme.

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