Mental health treatment is not synonymous with ‘cure’. Mental health recovery is more about empowering individuals to regain control of their emotions and lives, and providing them with the tools and support they need to manage their mental health issues in healthy ways.
Priory has a top-notch team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists who deliver psychological treatment with the aim and objective of long-term, effective recovery for all those who come to our care.
Mental health recovery is possible with this mindset:
- It is a personal approach that each person defines.
- It goes beyond symptom elimination and includes social recovery.
- Focuses on creating a meaningful life as defined by the individual.
- Moving away from illness, symptoms, and pathology to health, strength, and wellness
- This includes treatment that is based on personal life goals.
Five key concepts are essential for successful mental health recovery. They are hope, self-advocacy, and education. Support is also important.
Recovery, from the perspective of someone with mental illness, means finding and keeping hope, understanding one’s limitations, living an active life and acquiring personal autonomy and social identity. Meaning and purpose in life are important.
Priory believes in recovery-oriented mental healthcare practice to ensure that each of our patients receives mental health services that support their recovery.
The principles of mental health recovery
The individuality of each
- It is not about getting cured. Recovery is about making personal choices and living a fulfilling, meaningful and purposeful lifestyle.
- Each person’s recovery outcomes are unique and personal. They go beyond a focus on health and include a greater emphasis on quality and inclusion of the community.
- Individuals are empowered to recognize that they are the center of the care they receive
Individuals are empowered and supported to make decisions about their own lives. They are encouraged to explore and make meaningful choices.
Individuals are encouraged to use their strengths and take responsibility for their own lives.
It ensures that there is a balance between duty of care, and support for individuals to take a positive risk and make the most out of new opportunities.
Rights and attitudes
- This involves listening to, learning, and acting on the career’s communications about what is most important to each person.
- Protects and promotes the individual’s legal, citizenship, and human rights
- Individuals are supported to develop and maintain meaningful social, occupational, and vocational activities.
- Encourage hope and optimism in individuals to make a difference in their lives.
- Respect, kindness, and honesty in all interactions
- Respect and sensitivity for all people, especially for their culture, beliefs, and values.
- We will challenge discrimination and stigma wherever they exist in our services or the wider community.
Partnership and communication
- Recognizes that each person is their own expert and that recovery requires working with their careers and individuals to provide support in a way that makes the most sense for them
- It is important to share relevant information and communicate clearly in order to foster effective engagement.
- It involves working with individuals and their caregivers in a positive, realistic way to help them achieve their goals, hopes, and aspirations.
- Continuous evaluation of recovery-based practices
- Individuals can keep track of their own progress with their caregivers.
- Services show that they make use of the experiences of individuals in care to improve quality.
- Key outcomes indicate recovery in the mental health system.