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Work is good for health. There is strong evidence that work:
- Promotes recovery
- Leads to better heath outcomes
- Minimises the harmful effects of long-term sickness absence
- Improves quality of life and wellbeing
- Reduces social exclusion and poverty
Employment is an integral part of recovery from mental ill health. However across the world there are large (and growing) numbers of people who are diagnosed with a mentalhealth issues who are unemployed, yet most want to work. Both research and practice has shown us that given the right support the vast majority can take up and sustain employment.
Restart for Recovery Pegs Bailey et al (2007) Published by Scottish Executive This document provides a step by step guide in developing a social enterprise business.
A business planning guide to developing a social enterprise (2007) published by Forth Sector
Restart for recovery (National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing: small research projects initiative 2006-07) This paper describes an evaluation of a project based in Edinburgh which promoted mental health recovery through supporting them into work. The paper explores people’s employability, recovery and levels of social inclusion.
Social Enterprise Network The Social Enterprise Network is the only national network for those with an interest in social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in health and care. Also contains a useful resources Section.
MHC Social Enterprises Ltd The social enterprise arm of the registered charity Mental Health Care. MHC Social Enterprises Ltd currently operates three enterprises very successfully and has a number of other projects in the development stage.
Work and Mental Health Produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrist This website is developed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and provides information in the UK for workers, employers, clincians and carers - signposting them to relevant guidance and practical tools in mental health and work.
Social Enterprise: Department of Health (England and Wales) A social enterprise is a business whose objectives are primarily social, and whose profits are reinvested back into its services or the community. With no financial commitments to shareholders or owners, social enterprises are free to use their surplus income to invest in their operations to make them as efficient and effective as possible. Information sheet from the Department of Health (England and Wales).