Our philosophy to recovery from mental ill health
We use a recovery-focused wellbeing model across the full range of our projects and services. All of our staff have been trained to use this model, which enables us to fully support people's wellbeing, as well measure the impact that our services have on their lives.
Our philosophy is underpinned by our belief that people with mental health problems can and do live fulfilled lives, and that achieving this is not necessarily reliant upon the elimination of the illness, but its effective management. It is based on a stepped approach in which people make long-lasting changes in the areas of their life that are not currently working for them. The model offers people an understanding of where they are with regards to their recovery, as well as the progress that they make over time.
Through the delivery and promotion of our recovery-based model of support, we seek to give individuals:
Hope: for the future and a meaningful life, based on the belief that people can get better, have periods of stability and comparative wellbeing;
Self-identity: developing a positive identity outside of being someone with a mental illness and promoting each person as having a valued social role;
Meaning: making sense of the individual experience of having a mental illness so that it can be part of, but not, the whole person and understanding, through education about the causes of mental health problems;
Personal responsibility: ensuring each person is responsible for their own wellbeing, which includes seeking help and support from others, doing things that help to keep a person well, recognising when things are going wrong and managing this.
In support of our recovery model, we also use the Recovery Star (pictured below) which is used in the mental health sector as an outcomes measurement tool. The Recovery Star identifies and measures up to ten core areas of life, supporting a holistic, whole person approach to mental health and wellbeing. This enables individuals to see the progress that they have made, as well as allowing us to demonstrate the lasting impact that our services are able to provide.
The Recovery Star is taken from Mental Health Providers Forum and Triangle Consulting