Work, although sometimes dreadful – especially on Monday mornings – is actually wonderful. A career, a vocation, a calling can fulfill us and help us live a life of purpose. Our vocation gets us out of bed in the morning and it gives us a reason to carry on. Steve Bell, a mental health peer-provider and founder of the Colorado chapter of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), notes that “employment, whether it’s competitive or supported is an essential ingredient to recovery from a psychiatric disability.”
In today’s trying times, people are experiencing depression stemming from financial woes, panic attacks from instability, and chronic anxiety as a result of this economic period. In his article, “How to Manage Anxiety with a Four-letter Word,” Bell recalls the stress of being laid off on his emotional well-being. For him, work was a source of happiness and enjoyment. In addition, like most people employed, Bell relied on his job to support his family. He was so overwhelmed; he started experiencing severe mood swings and depression. Despite his struggles, Bell still believes “a fulfilling career is within reach of every peer who wants to invest the time, energy and mindset changes required for success.”
Work provides us with stability. For some dealing with mental health issues, work can be an outlet that paves the way for recovery.
At Pasadena Villa, we are committed to helping you get one step closer to recovery and to achieve success. The Villa Orlando and Pasadena Villa’s Smoky Mountain Lodge are adult intensive psychiatric residential treatment centers for clients with serious mental illnesses. We also provide other individualized therapy programs, step-down residential programs, and less intensive mental health services, such as Community Residential Homes, Supportive Housing, Day Treatment Programs and Life Skills training. Pasadena Villa’s Outpatient Center in Raleigh, North Carolina offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (PHP). If you or someone you know may need mental health services, please complete our contact form or call us at 407-574-5190 for more information.