Strategic Priority: Work and training

Our priority outcome: to increase in the number of people in education, training, volunteering or employment.

A sense of purpose is central to good mental health and many people get this from studying, work or volunteering. The Living Well Network Alliance works with partners to help people develop themselves as well as get into and sustain meaningful work and training.

Context and key challenges

Unfortunately, those with mental illness are less likely to be employed than the general population. Lambeth’s employment rate rose from 80.6% in 2020 to 83.6% in the first quarter of 2021. In the same period the employment rate of people with mental illness fell from 79.4% to 77.4%

The situation for those with severe mental illness (SMI) is far worse, with less than one in ten (8%) being employed according to NHS England.

employment rate in Lambeth
general population vs employment rate in Lambeth
employment rate with mental illness

What we offer

The Living Well Network Alliance provides a range of support to help people find jobs, and for those in work to keep their jobs. We also offer talking therapies, psychiatric and other day-to-day support to keep people well so they have the best chance of staying in training or employment. In addition, we provide some jobs themselves and access to jobs.