Globally, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression. It’s estimated that depression and anxiety disorders cost the UK economy £70-100 billion each year.

Unemployment is a well-recognised risk factor for mental health problems, while returning to, or getting work is shown to be positive for common mental health conditions.

Aim4Work is our free specialist employability programme for people with common mental health conditions living in east London.

Since March 2017, Aim4Work has worked with 170 clients who experience common mental health conditions and have supported 49 of those people into employment. All of these clients improved their digital skills through 1 to 1 and group sessions, with 29 sustaining employment, 37 going into education and 20 into further job search.

As the service is drawing to a close in December 2019, we took the opportunity to celebrate these achievements on World Mental Health Day on 10th October, with 3 of our clients helping to deliver the event.

“I really enjoyed today and all the information on Mental Health… thank you”

“Just wanted to say thank you for the amazing day today. I so enjoyed the jewellery making & massage – it was therapeutic and refreshing attending this session… appreciate your efforts…”

Aim4Work is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.