Thinking About Work


Why hope for success?

There is no simple way to get through the many job applications, employer contacts, and hurdles needed to find a job in today’s economy. and it may be especially difficult to find the right match. Yet, wishing and believing are definitely part of the recipe for success.

When job seekers have people who believe in their ability to work, this helps a lot. Pat Deegan, a woman in recovery, calls this the Conspiracy of Hope – that wonderful circle of “believers”- a sort of “fan club”.

Hope is a belief that things will get better. Hope lets one see that change is possible. Hope is a part of a process that can have many ups and downs along the way (Farkas) No one is unemployable. To hear why, listen to this presentation by Elisabeth Sanders Park who authored a book on the subject.

Stories of Success and Inspiration

These are the stories of various individuals who have overcome the obstacles that come with psychiatric disabilities. Discover their successes and the stories of their recovery journeys.


Video Stories of Vocational Recovery

Vocational recovery is possible. These real life stories, told by real people, show how.


Recovery and the Conspiracy of Hope

Pat Deegan has lived experience. Through this lecture presented at the Sixth Annual Mental Health Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand, she shares how hope is a key element in the successful recovery from mental illness.


Gifts and Possibilities – Denise Bissonnette

In this YouTube video, Denise Bissonnette explains the importance of “possibility thinking” in her approach to job development – helping job seekers to see beyond their perceived limitations, to discover their own unique gifts, and to open their worlds to new possibilities.


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