The power of work

One of the ways in which mental illness has such a negative impact on people’s lives is by driving them to withdraw from social contact,out of employment and in a downward spiral of self recrimination and loneliness. A potent way to redress the damage is through work placements. These can help rebuild self esteem, ¬†reintroduce social activities and by showing an ability to sustain and perform at work allow return to an open workplace. On such scheme is Recycle-a-Bike, designed to help people overcome their mental illness.

A film “From Ashes” tells the story of Pete, who was diagnosed with mixed anxiety-depressive disorder, and how he is now at peace with himself. Pete is working now, in a Recycle-a-Bike¬†bicycle repair workshop.

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