Mental health, recovery and employment

This is the fifth in a series of discussion papers designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland. This paper is not a review of the literature, but aims to encourage discussion and action around supporting people with long-term mental health problems to gain and sustain suitable employment, which in 'the mental health world' should go hand in hand with the development of recovery orientated services.

It recognises that peoples’ recovery journeys are individual, and work and employment is not the answer for everyone. However, the premise is that for people who want to work, finding and sustaining employment can have a positive effect on recovery.

Pippa Coutts
Scottish Recovery Network