Dean was referred to Good Work by Bassetlaw Local Mental Health Team. His diagnosis is Bipolar Affective Disorder and although he loved his previous job roles in social work and the probation service, it had taken a severe toll on his mental health.


Dean had been out of work for three years and was eager to return to part-time paid employment. He was still keen to do a job role supporting people, as this had been a big part of his life and something he enjoyed. Dean was worried that he had been out of work for too long. He was also worried about declaring his mental health to employers and wanted to find a role that wasn’t going to cause him as much stress as previous job roles.

Dean worked with his employment specialist, Diane, to develop his CV and to find organisations that would value his skills. Diane also signposted Dean to debt and benefit support.

Diane worked with Dean to raise his self-confidence and believe in himself again. She also supported him to re-gain his skill of writing job applications and expressing himself. Diane said:

“Dean’s application was the best I had ever read; his personality came through in his wording while still staying professional. You could feel his empathy and encouragement in every paragraph.”

Dean was invited to attend a virtual interview for a mental health charity and worked with Diane to prepare and learned how to use Zoom.

Dean was successful at interview and secured the job of Peer Support Worker. He feels that he can be open and honest about his mental health in his new job role, and has settled in well – he describes his new employers as a “breath of fresh air.”