The point i categorically disagree with you on is that any one persons experience or capacity is a basis to come to any clear distinction regarding work. Experience is relative. When we start chucking in words like 'optimism' as a root or cause for a given situation we diminish severe mental health problems by showing a lack of understanding for what others may go through or experience. Maybe its me but to diminish a very real, often horrific disability by putting it down to someones attitude is to blame that person for a disability they have no control over. I may have an headache for one day whilst others may not know what its like not to have an headache. It would be wrong of me to make judgements upon those people in pain based upon my experiences alone.
Wasnt going to reply...but not sure I expressed myself clearly enough...hence I feel you are responding to something I dont feel I meant or said...
Firstly... I intentionally used the word 'occupation'... as opposed to what most people think of as work. Paid work, for those who can, want and are lucky enough to find it, and an employer enlightened enough to offer it... is a good form of occupation, least not, because we hope anyway..it can help financially. Voluntary work, occupational therapy..etc..are all valid activities that can aid recovery and develop a sense of wellbeing... and I dont think this is one persons experience etc... it is pretty much accepted by everyone, most mental health charities, doctors, and a a huge number of users of such services....whether it be joining a scheme to learn skills, art therapy projects, garening projects..etc..etc... anyway you get my gist.
I dont chuck words in very often either..lol... I don't.. as it happens.. feel that severe mental illness is something that down to someones attitude..that is clearly rubbish..however... I do believe that overcoming stigma, challenging yourself, pro active recovery oriented actions can radically improve the outcome for everyone with even severe mental health problems... not a cure..maybe not even a massive reduction in symptoms...but certainly an improvement in wellbeing and fulfilment, a sense that the self has been regained once more..albeit whilst ackowledging ones disability. I have tried to express myself as clearly as I can here... you may disagree..but.. I cannot think any differently...I see plenty of evidence to suggest this is a valid belief..and..more importantly... it gives me, and a lot of other people, hope.
What am I saying..hmmmm.... 'occupation' I believe IS good, and so do most people involved in the care of mental health and an awful lot of people who suffer. A logical extension is that 'work' is therefore beneficial..assuming all things are managed/equal etc (which I have to say currently they aint in the UK).... but... each to his/her own and current place in their recovery...
What else am i saying..hmmmm again... working pro actively on a recovery, which I guess IS an attitude or belief as such, is also beneficial... surely the alternative is to give up and settle into victimhood, dependence and misery... anyway.. I DO believe that this works to improve things...each person has their own 'version' of recovery.. the main point is... they see it as a vision, strive for it and seek out the wellbeing tools to help them achieve it.
Anyway... comments welcomed... I am a believer in the recovery model... so I am afraid if you cant see my point on that at least... then we will never agree... great exchanging views though!!