Category Archives: Success Stories

Overcoming Stigma – Achieving Success

The National Institute of Mental Health defines schizophrenia as a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not … Continue reading

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Celebrating on Top of the World

It’s never easy being out of work. When a few months stretches into three years, it’s even harder. Add to that hitting 60 years old without a job, feeling hopeless seems understandable. Greg was in that situation. “I had been … Continue reading

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The Quest for a Job

Getting a job and going to work; seems like the normal course of adult life. Unless it isn’t. And it often isn’t for individuals who may have lacked a support system that could set them on the right path. Maybe … Continue reading

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Taking a Stand for Himself

At 20 years old, the world and all its opportunities lie ahead. Unlimited possibilities await – unless that is, you are shackled by deteriorating mental health. Even when you can see interests, the debilitating effects of a mental illness overshadows … Continue reading

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Becoming the “Go-to Guy” – Reginald’s story

Reginald* came to LifeWorks NW after experiencing a manic episode. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he suffered from paranoia, depression, and racing thoughts to such a degree that he had been hospitalized and had to quit his job. Vacillating between wanting … Continue reading

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Finding Employment…and Much More – Monica’s Story

New to Portland, Monica* had no friends, no money, and no job. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was struggling with depression and knew she needed support, but didn’t know where to find it. Her search brought her to LifeWorks NW’s … Continue reading

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Success: A Career Track

Sybil’s Story – Supported Employment Mental Health challenges prevented Sybil from maintaining a job for several years. Her income consisted of social security benefits, food stamps and she lived in low-income housing. Sybil knew that she wanted a better life, … Continue reading

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Success: Finding a Job

David’s Success Story – Supported Employment David came to Lifeworks NW in January of 2013 after being released from the hospital. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia. David started working with Art, a skilled clinician, in LifeWorks NW’s intensive case management … Continue reading

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Sober treatment and living facility completed

Sober treatment and living facility completed

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Vunnara’s Story – Supported Employment

Before Vunnara came to LifeWorks NW, she was living in a constant state of anxiety. Daily activities like grocery shopping or riding the bus were a challenge for her because she was extremely hesitant to leave her house. She was … Continue reading

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