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.