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Work and Recovery Video Project

The Work and Recovery Video project is a collection of videos illustrating the important and instrumental role that work plays in the recovery process.  People with the lived experience of mental illness, providers of services, administrators, family members, friends and others are invited to talk about their perspectives on the role of employment and/or education in recovery and overall quality of life.  For a more detailed discussion of the narrative sharing process and the impact this sharing can have on others, please read George Brice’s  blog article, “Why Share our Personal Recovery Narratives: A Tool for Respect!” at https://vocationalvoice.com/2012/09/18/why-share-our-personal-recovery-narratives-a-tool-for-respect/

The Work and Recovery videos will be used for educational purposes, professional development, advocacy, and motivational purposes.  New videos will be added on a regular basis.  If you or someone you know is interested in telling a work and recovery story and having it available for others to see, please contact Joni Dolce at 856-566-2772 or dolcejn@umdnj.edu.

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A View of the Role of Work and Recovery from a Provider and Graduate Student

Nathan works as a community support specialist in a supportive housing program and is also a current graduate student. He shares his perspective on the role of work in recovery from his experience as both helper and learner. Nathan touches on the overall health improvements seen in people who have returned to work. It is estimated that people with mental illnesses live 25 years less than the general population. Additionally, Nathan discusses the role that work plays as a defense against “shame and stigma” and in promoting community inclusion. Through his experience, he sees people who are working as having enhanced financial benefits, richer communication, and more exposure to the happenings in one’s community.