The therapeutic power of volunteering

FEGAN, Colette and COOK, Sarah (2014). The therapeutic power of volunteering. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 20 (3), 217-224.

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There is growing evidence from smaller evaluative studies in the USA and anecdotal papers in the UK that supported volunteering can help recovery and can be a pathway into paid work for people with serious and fluctuating mental health conditions. It allows the person to take risks and test out a working environment. This opportunity can integrate their experience of mental illness into a valued identity and provides opportunities to engage with a world of work. We recommend that mental health professionals consider ways of providing volunteering opportunities as part of a recovery-oriented service within their organisations.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1192/apt.bp.113.011890
Depositing User: Colette Fegan
Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 12:47
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 12:47

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