The Importance Of Wor Work To Work With Mental Illness

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There is an unspoken social obligation or responsibility to every marginalized worker affected by physical or mental health. The dynamic between mental heath and working or not working have major results on a person’s internal world (Gold, 2009). This obligation includes meaningful work and the positive effects that come from a worker with mental illness being accepted into the workforce. This makes it very important that we incorporate benefits, laws, and standards that help promote workers with mental or physical illnesses. During an interview with J. Darrach, she stated that work was very important to anyone trying to manage mental illness. The structure of a workday is very beneficial to a person’s confidence and self-esteem (person communication, February 2, 2016). …show more content…
A person who works is able to achieve a sense of identity, social contribution and find meaning in their lives (Gold, 2009). Imagine being a person with a mental health illness being asked what you do for a living and not being able to have an answer or even trying to explain a gap in a resume from having to quit because of not being able to handle the job. Making sure that someone with mental illness can be included in the world of jobs makes a huge impact on the recovery of a person with mental illness. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (2012) is working on incorporating an initiative called Opening Minds, a 10-year anti-stigma and anti-discrimination systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness by targeting youth, health care providers, and news media. Benefits of having a healthy and positive work environment can include the