One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year, Goldberg and Huxley (1992)
We talk about recovering from mental health problems, and as workers and individuals we all want to see people well – both physically and mentally
The Recovery approach aims to see clients holistically as complete people. As people who have the capacity to cope with their distress in such a way that they are able to participate in a full life, developing self esteem and self determination. Including, for example, being allowed to make their own mistakes and learn from them – just as the majority of people do in our society.
It aims to focus on identifying realistic life goals for service users and enabling them to achieve them.
Think about what recovery means to you
Recovery is a journey – where are you going, where do you want to go, why?
What does being well look and feel like, how will you get there?
Are you ready to make changes in order to recover?
What makes life good and what makes life hard?
In order to support you to recover, our support workers will:
Actively listen to help you to make sense of your mental health problems
Help you identify and prioritise your personal goals for recovery – not our professional goals
Demonstrate a belief in your existing strengths and resources in relation to the pursuit of these goals
Identify examples from your own ‘lived experience’, which inspires and validates your hopes
Pay particular attention to the importance of goals which take you out of the ‘sick role’ and enable you actively to contribute to the lives of others
Identify non-mental health resources – friends, contacts, organizations – relevant to the achievement of your goals
Encourage self-management of mental health problems (by providing information, reinforcing existing coping strategies, etc.)
Discuss what you want in terms of therapeutic interventions, e.g. psychological treatments, alternative therapies, joint crisis planning, etc., respecting your wishes wherever possible
Behave at all times so as to convey an attitude of respect for you and a desire for an equal partnership in working together, indicating a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’
While accepting that the future is uncertain and setbacks will happen, continue to express support for the possibility of achieving these self defined goals – maintaining hope and positive expectations
We would love to hear from you if you have any views or personal stories on recovery.
If you would like to discuss this on a 1-2-1 basis, or would like to be part of a group discussion, or would just like to know more, then please get in touch with Claire Bates on 0161 235 6906