DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 4, 2012

CLM hosts its first job fair


DERRY — The Supported Employment program at the Center for Life Management recently hosted an Employment Resource Fair.

The event was the first to be held at the Center for Life Management and successfully brought together organizations that can help individuals with their job search to meet firsthand with Supported Employment program participants.

"It certainly is a challenging time to be a job seeker in this economy. For the individuals we work with who are also coping with managing their mental health issues, it can be doubly challenging," said Amy Izzett, Supported Employment team leader at the Center for Life Management. "Despite these challenges, our Supported Employment program has been very successful in helping individuals find not just any job, but a work situation that really meets their interests and life goals."

Supported Employment is a program that is an evidence-based practice, which means the program approach has been proven to be effective in helping people with mental health disorders to establish and be successful in attaining employment and education goals.

"Getting a job or pursuing educational goals are really important components of an individual reaching their potential, despite the challenges they face in coping with a mental health disorder," Izzett said. "Our team works with individuals to really help them be successful, which ends up being a win-win for the individual and the employer."

The Center for Life Management is a nonprofit community mental health organization that served more than 5,600 people last year.

The Center for Life Management has outpatient offices in Derry, Salem and Hampstead. It provides comprehensive behavioral health and substance abuse services.

For more information, call 434-1577 or visit centerforlifemanagement.org.

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