For many people, the concept of recovery is about staying in control of their lives despite experiencing a mental health problem.
The recovery model aims to help people with mental health problems look beyond mere survival and existence.
Putting recovery into action means focusing care on supporting recovery and building the resilience of people with mental health problems, not just on treating or managing their symptoms.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, research has found that the important factors on the road to recovery include:
• Good relationships
• Financial security
• Satisfying work
• Personal growth
• The right living environment
• Developing one's own cultural or spiritual perspectives
• Developing resilience to possible adversity or stress in the future
Further factors highlighted by people as supporting them on their recovery journey include:
• Being believed in
• Being listened to and understood
• Getting explanations for problems or experiences
• Having the opportunity to temporarily resign responsibility during periods of crisis.
We believe it is important that anyone who is supporting someone during the recovery process encourages them to develop their skills and supports them to achieve their goals.