Rationale of Project
A career is a set of activities that is obtained as a result of certain education and its rules are determined by society to produce useful products or service in return for certain income. The career is important to survive, to satisfy the individuals’ basic needs and it is also a means of ensuring satisfaction for social status. Therefore, the right career choice could be one of the most important decisions of human life. Because, the decisions on an individual’s career choice are the most important phenomenon to determine an individual’s and his/her close circle’s lifestyle. The truth or falsity of decisions on choosing the right career will determine an individual’s life progress toward happiness or unhappiness.
People who experience mental health problems have one of the lowest employment rates in Europe yet the vast majority wants to work and develop their skill levels, and with the right support many people can. Employment is identified as providing people with a social identity, sense of meaning and sense of self esteem and there is a close interrelationship between the EU’s policy objectives of prosperity, social inclusion and security and public health on the one hand, and mental health on the other.
In order to be employed a mentally disabled person in the whole EU space has to equally demonstrate vocational preparedness and vocational qualification, often several times bigger than a “healthy” applicant. Even employing according to the programmes supported by the state the requirements for vocational preparedness and vocational qualification may decrease only to a certain limit.
The EU policy in this aspect emphasizes the influence of the policy of the countries on equal opportunities, norms, financing mechanisms and employment. In other words, the value of mentally disabled persons in the labour market is consolidated by state policy oriented not towards social maintenance but towards social support.
There is a body of evidence that demonstrates the positive economic and well being/recovery impact for people with mental health issues of gaining employment but only recently have other studies concentrated on the interrelatedness of lifelong learning and recovery e.g. Aldridge and Lavender (2000), Griffiths and Ryan (2008), Halford-Letchfield (2009). These studies highlighted that the impact of education and lifelong learning takes has a direct effect on well-being, and influences the social and economic environment in which people spend their lives. “Policies that encourage learning will enable individuals to develop new skills, strengthen social networks, and feel more able to deal with life’s challenges.”
In 2005, the Commission published a Green Paper “Improving the Mental Health of The Population: Towards A Strategy on Mental Health for the European Union.” As a follow-up to the Green Paper on Improving the Mental Health of the Population in 2005, the Commission indicated its intention to launch a Pact on Mental Health at a high-level conference in June 2008. The purpose of the Pact is to highlight the relevance of mental health for public health, productivity, learning and social cohesion in the EU. It signals a willingness to work together on mental health, based on a common set of principles for action.