What is recovery?
Our philosophy to recovery 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.