Can people who have serious mental illness complete education?

Supported education programs can reduce burdens for people who have SMI and want to finish or go back to school. It offers specialized, one-on-one support to help navigate academic settings and link to mental health services.

Individuals should receive encouragement if their recovery goals include education. There are supportive and effective programs to reach these goals and they have considerable benefits.

Learn more about common myths around SMI and recovery. See our infographic on this topic.




Ringeisen H, Langer Ellison M, Ryder-Burge A, Biebel K, Alikhan S, Jones E. Supported education for individuals with psychiatric disabilities: State of the practice and policy implications. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2017 Jun;40(2):197-206. doi: 10.1037/prj0000233. Epub 2017 Feb 9. PMID: 28182470.

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