Recovery and employment Recovery We are committed to promoting the personal recovery of people with mental health problems. Personal recovery is not about a clinical diagnosis but instead focuses on people making their own assessment that they are leading a life that is satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable even if they continue to experience symptoms of their mental health condition. Our projects focus on enabling people to find out what they can do and achieve; acknowledging that their mental health condition is important but not allowing their lives to be limited by it. If you would like to know more about the recovery model and principles information can be found on the Mental Health Foundation website, please click this link Mental Health and Recovery MHF. Employment Employment is a key factor for many people on their road to recovery. Although work is often associated with negative experiences such as stress it can also be a highly beneficial experience. Work is the norm, it is a source of financial independence and provides for many a sense of identity and social status. Not working can limit a person's experiences, restricts opportunities and the chance to take on new challenges. Employment is also linked to better physical health and improved life expectancy. Working Well uses a broad definition of employment for our work, including full paid work, being in education and training, and volunteering.