Mental Health – Recovery

Mental Health – Recovery

Recovery Orientated Practice

Recovery-oriented practice encapsulates mental health care that:
  • recognises and embraces the possibilities for recovery and wellbeing created by the inherent strength and capacity of all people experiencing mental health issues
  • maximises self-determination and self-management of mental health and wellbeing
  • assists families to understand the challenges and opportunities arising from their family member’s experiences.

Recovery Resources

National Recovery Guidelines

Mental Health Commission

Queensland Health – Mental Health Service Resources

Recovery Reflection Questions

These ‘reflective questions’ provide consumers and carers with a recovery principles approach to ensure that mental health services facilitate their recovery journey.

1. Uniqueness of the individual

  • Do I feel supported to build on my unique strengths and promote self-responsibility?
  • Do I feel supported with my physical health needs and overall wellbeing?
  • Are staff sensitive to my cultural, religious and social needs?
  • Am I given the opportunity to discuss my experience of trauma?

2. Real choices

  • Am I provided with sufficient information to make informed choices about care and treatment, and future planning?
  • Does the service facilitate opportunities where I can discuss very difficult choices?
  • Does the service try to understand difficult choices from my perspective?

3. Attitudes and rights

  • Are my legal and human rights advised, respected and promoted?
  • Does the service at all times convey an attitude of respect for me and a desire for an equal partnership in working together?

4. Dignity and respect

  • Do I feel welcomed to the service, and continue to feel welcomed?
  • Does the service make the environment physically and emotionally safe for me?
  • Does the service listen to, and support me with my recovery goals?

5. Partnership and communication

  • Does the service proactively involve and inform me of all aspects of care planning and treatment with a recovery focus?
  • Am I proactively linked with other services and supports to help me achieve my recovery goals?

6. Evaluating recovery

  • Am I involved in the review of my recovery goals?
  • Does the service evaluate my recovery outcomes and use them to drive service quality improvement?

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