• Vol. 44 No. 9, 314–316
  • 15 September 2015

Helping People with Mental Illness Return to Employment: Challenging Existing Beliefs

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Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was asked once what makes people happy. His reply was, “love and work.” Employment does contribute many benefits to our lives. In addition to providing financial independence and security, it contributes to our sense of community, belonging and identity. Unemployment, on the other hand, contributes to isolation, stress and financial vulnerability. These elements are much the same if someone has a mental illness.

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