When it comes to your mental health, recovery does not always refer to the ‘complete recovery’ from your problem in the way that we may recover from a physical health problem.
What is recovery?
For many people, the concept of recovery is about staying in control of their life despite experiencing a mental health problem. Professionals in the mental health sector often refer to the ‘recovery model’ to describe this way of thinking.
Putting recovery into action means focusing help on supporting recovery and building the resilience (this is how you respond to stress and stressful situations) of people with mental health problems, and 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 hope – the belief that it is possible for someone to regain a meaningful life, despite serious mental health problems.
The Recovery Pathway
- Provides a holistic view of mental health that focuses on the person, not just their symptoms
- Does not necessarily mean getting back to where you were before but focusing on what you value as important for your future
- Happens in ‘fits and starts’ and, like life, has many ups and downs
- Calls for optimism and commitment from all concerned
- Is profoundly influenced by people’s expectations and attitudes
- Requires support from family, friends or professionals
- Can draw on educational approaches, learning about what the research tells you about your problems and how it might be influenced by lifestyle changes
- Recovery can also be a place where you learn about therapy options and what might be required in therapy
- Recovery also focuses on the use of creative activities and the importance of hobbies/new skill development
- It looks at your strengths and helps you build on these and use your skills
- Draws on positive psychology, wellbeing and motivational approaches and is a place where you can practice aspects of change that you want to take on longer term
As our recovery pathway runs alongside our therapy pathway it allows our Recovery Workers and therapy team to share best practice and try new and innovative approaches. Our recovery approaches also receive input from our therapists ensuring they can help people work towards their own therapy pathway if that’s what is most suitable in the longer term.
Over many years of working with a wide range of different people our feedback and experience shows that for some individuals, the recovery pathway is best suited to their needs. We will use regular feedback and monitoring with you to make sure we know that you are progressing towards your agreed goals.
The recovery pathway is managed by Recovery Coaches (specially selected and trained in recovery principles and wellbeing approaches) and clinical staff who are trained to assess your needs and risks. They work with Peer Navigators, who are there to support access to community networks and other resources and can sometimes accompany you on tasks that will help towards goals you have set yourself.
If you wish to access Talking Matters Northumberland, please click here for more information about referring to TMN.