We want to work with you to help you make sure that your health and wellbeing is as good as it can be. We are committed to a recovery and wellbeing focused approach to services, which aims to support people to fulfil their potential
In mental health, recovery does not always refer to the process of complete recovery from a mental health problem in the way that we may recover from a physical health problem. For many people, the concept of recovery is about taking and staying in control of their life despite experiencing a mental health problem.
Professionals in the mental health sector have referred to the 'recovery model' to describe this way of thinking. We are not prescribing a model for “recovery” but do want to make sure that as someone involved in our services, you have hope inspiring relationships, opportunities to do things of value to you, pursue ambitions and participate in your community as an equal, and gain and keep control of your life and the challenges you face. In other words, becoming an expert in your own self-care.
Putting recovery into action means focusing care on supporting recovery and building up resilience for dealing with mental health problems, not just on treating or managing their symptoms.
There is no single definition of the concept of recovery for people with mental health problems, but the guiding principle is the belief that it is possible for someone to regain a meaningful life, despite mental illness.
Components of the process of recovery:
Finding and maintaining hope – believing in oneself; having a sense of personal agency; optimistic about the future;
Re-establishment of a positive identity – finding a new identity which incorporates illness, but retains a core, positive sense of self;
Building a meaningful life – making sense of illness, finding a meaning in life despite illness, engaged in life;
Taking responsibility and control - feeling in control of illness and in control of life.
(after Andresen, Oades & Caputi, 2003 Making Recovery a Reality, Sainsbury 2008)
Below you can find some helpful tools, tips and information.