Coping with employability and IT when mental health is not at its best: A scoping workshop with potential stakeholders

Project: Research

Project Details


It is estimated that in the UK one out of four individuals have or will have mental health problems like anxiety or depression (, accessed May 2017). Throughout 2017 the UK government has pledged an extra two billion pounds for mental health, accessed May 2017. The NHS, Social care and employment services are expected to integrate and develop efficient and better support for people. Despite this mental health initiatives which also include online and mobile technologies based support, a persistent concern is their impact in improving people’s employability. A wider and societally driven understanding of mental health and its relationships with employability is needed. In particular when people deal with their recovery ups and downs that are influencing as well as being influenced by their employability journeys.

A relevant research project would aim to identify as well as better understand coping strategies that individuals people with mental health conditions (to be termed mental health expert users or experienced users) of anxiety and depression use to improve their employability opportunities in the light of technology possibilities.

Layman's description

This project aims to influence UK policy regarding the design of technology tools and support to help people who suffer from mild and triggered anxiety and depression cope with employability challenges and opportunities
Effective start/end date1/05/1731/12/18


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Marginalisation
  • Human Computer Interaction