Thinking About Work
Does recovery promote successful employment?
An important part of recovery is having a goal and a sense of purpose. Recovery can improve self-confidence which helps make employment possible. Goals may include finding work which can provide a sense of purpose.
Not everyone chooses employment as the road to finding one’s life purpose. Recovery can lead to employment, but it is not guaranteed.
Many people with significant mental health conditions have an undefined or under-defined worker identity. They have also been socialized as a “disabled” person rather than an “abled” person. This and other barriers (Cook; Henry) can lead to outcomes that don’t include employment. This can happen even though the person is progressing and doing well in life.