The idea that someone with a mental health problem can experience ‘recovery’ is now more commonly accepted. Historically, to ‘recover’ has been interpreted as the person being free of symptoms, or being restored to their former level of health. Now, the focus is more about coping with difficulties and experiencing a good quality of life.
The Recovery Star is designed for adults managing their mental health and recovering from mental illness. It looks at 10 different aspects of someone’s life, and guides the person to get a sense of how well they are achieving in each aspect. This can then help the individual to acknowledge that there could be some developments in specific areas, and to focus on developing and growing in a particular aspect of their life.
The Mental Health Foundation has some useful and informative pages on the recovery model.
Rethink’s website has some useful pages about recovery, with testimonials from services users about how different aspects of recovery created positive change in their lives. There are also a range of factsheets on the site including – 100 Ways to support recovery; A guide for mental health professionals – Rethink report by Mike Slade (2013)
Closing the Gap: ‘Priorities for essential change in mental health’ (Department of Health document) has a number of priorities for improving mental health, the first of which states: High-quality mental health services with an emphasis on recovery should be commissioned in all areas, reflecting local need.
The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health website has a wide range of useful recovery material including Making Recovery a Reality in Forensic Settings ImROC (Implementing Recovery Through Organisational Change) Published by Centre for Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation 2014. Written by Gerard Drennan and James Wooldridge together with Anne Aiyegbusi, Debbie Alred, Joe Ayres, Richard Barker, Sally Carr, Helen Eunson, Hilary Lomas, Estelle Moore, Debbie Stanton & Geoff Shepherd.
Recovery to Practice: Bridging People, Knowledge, Tools and Experience A website about Recovery produced by the American organisation SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Other useful documents hosted on our site include:
Recovery or Discovery? (26.0 KiB)– A paper by Julie Repper (2005)
Making Recovery A Reality (454.0 KiB)– Policy Paper – Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health; G.Shepherd, J Boardman & M Slade (2008)