Thinking About Work
Does work promote recovery?
When there is a good match between the person and the job, work does promote recovery. The worker is also learning new coping skills. Some factors that promote recovery include increased independence and resilience. Employment is one good approach to achieving a sense of purpose. (MH America; NAMI)
Work helps with recovery, self-empowerment and the idea of work as a part of recovery. Those in employment serve as role models for others who are still struggling. The feeling of contributing to peers is a powerful ingredient in recovery. (Provencher)
People who go to work are less likely to go to the hospital or use outpatient services (Bush; Hoffman). They also have fewer symptoms, are more confident, and have a better chance of recovery (Bell; Miller). Plus, returning to work also means they are more financially stable (Dunn; Hoffman).