Posted
10th October 2017

To mark World Mental Health Day 2017, we have released a 3-minute film about recovery and mental health, hearing from those with lived experience of mental health difficulties and how services and supports can become more recovery-focused.

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What is recovery?

Recovery is about people experiencing and living with mental health challenges in their lives and the personal goals they want to achieve regardless of the presence of those challenges.

It is very much determined by the individual’s own interpretation of what recovery means to them and recognises their right to create a good life, make a home, engage in meaningful work or learning and build good relationships with family, friends and people in their community.

“For people like me who use services it's about finding ways of coping and managing with your mental health problems so that you can recover or rebuild a meaningful life..... and that's not contingent on getting rid of symptoms it's actually finding a way of managing them.” Julie Repper, Director of IMROC; lived experience of mental health difficulties

Mental health services around the world are focusing on finding ways of supporting people's personal recovery and encouraging mental health professionals to work in a recovery-orientated way. This means acknowledging the expert knowledge every person has about their own illness and symptoms, and working together to take joint decisions about what treatment is appropriate.

“Our vision is to help to achieve recovery orientated services which keep the person at the centre, which keep their lived experience at the centre, which looks at co-producing the supports that we deliver to people in mental health services.” Tony Leahy, General Manager, Service Improvement Unit, Mental Health Division HSE

The Service Reform Fund (SRF) has been created by the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Atlantic Philanthropies in collaboration with Genio to implement mental health and disability service reform in Ireland. The objective of the Service Reform Fund in mental health is to transform services across Ireland so that they become recovery-focused. This will help enable people on their recovery journey, support them to make their own choices and maintain their lives in their own communities; as well as building resilient communities that protect people’s mental health as opposed to only responding when people become ill.

“You're no longer thinking exclusively about the role that services play but about changing communities, increasing their confidence, their capacity to be able to accommodate people with mental health problems, to be able to value them and recognise them as people beyond patients.” Julie Repper, Director of IMROC; lived experience of mental health difficulties.

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