Recovery

Holistic Wellness

As part of a recovery oriented mental health system we value holistic wellness. As such we work to define recovery values and principles in context on an ongoing basis.

The following ideas are evident when we consider recovery:

We value autonomy, individual responsibility, engagement in the community, empowerment, hope, self determination, the elimination of stigma, and the opportunity for meaningful choice. Holistic wellness gives consideration to the mental, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial aspects of living. Meaningful activity cannot be discounted when offering support and when being supported through the mental health system. The person supported is supported in context. In order for recovery to be complete, the person and the system can and will change on an ongoing basis. A person cannot change without changing the system, and the system cannot change without changing the person. Through planning these changes can be directed in a positive, recovery oriented fashion.

Leaders in Recovery

Patricia Deegan, PhD – Pat researchs and lectures on the topic of recovery and the empowerment for people with a mental health diagnosis. She is the creator of the CommonGround, a software program that facilitates shared decision making between the person supported and their doctor or psychiatrist. Patricia was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. Despite hospitalisations, she hid her diagnosis from her professors until the final year of her doctorate. She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College School of Medicine and at Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Wilma Townsend, MSW – Wilma Townsend is internationally recognised as an expert in the field of mental health and recovery. While she was with the Ohio Department of Mental Health she developed the Best Practices approach to recovery which was adopted by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care in Ontario.

Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD – Mary Ellen Copeland is an author, educator, and mental health advocate. Her work is based on her own life experience and the study of the day-to-day coping and wellness strategies of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness. Her work emphasises self-help and recovery. Copeland experienced years of mental health challenges. She achieved long-term wellness through applying the concept of Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAPs.) More information can be found at her website.

Programs and Groups

Dunara Homes for Recovery offers a variety of programs and groups including:

  • Residential Program

  • Supportive Housing

  • Dunara Support Group

  • Friday Music Group

About Our Programs

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Recovery

As part of a recovery oriented mental health system we value holistic wellness. As such we work to define recovery values and principles in context on an ongoing basis.

We value autonomy, individual responsibility, engagement in the community, empowerment, hope, self determination, the elimination of stigma, and the opportunity for meaningful choice.

About Recovery

Dunara is a registered charity.
Our charity number is
108195900 RR0001
We accept payments through Pay Pal (click the image above), CanadaHelps.org, or by personal cheque. Cheques can be made payable to Dunara Homes For Recovery Inc. Income tax receipts will be provided.

Contact Us

For Residential, Crisis Respite,
Supportive Housing,
and general inquiries
please contact our Executive Director,
Yvonne Bowes

Locate Us

Parking (limited) is available in the back.
Please follow the walkway to the south entrance.
Additional parking is available on Dean Street.