Chrysalis points to new study findings: 80% of people with mental illness are unemployed, which says more about the lack of support for the mentally ill than it does about the economy. “People with mental illness who find competitive jobs have higher quality of life, fewer symptoms and lower mental health care costs, studies show.”
A year of supported employment – using job coaches help people cope with their new jobs – costs about $4,000. But it can save the mental health system tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a person’s lifetime. This is precisely the valuable work that Chrysalis does.