Geoff Shepherd, Jed Boardman & Mike Slade

17 March 2008

Mental health services need to change radically to focus on recovery. They need to demonstrate success in helping service users to get their lives back and giving service users the chance to make their own decisions about how they live their lives.

Recovery turns mental health services' priorities on their heads. Traditional services wait until a person's illness is cured before helping them to get their life back. Recovery-focused services aim from day one to help people to build a life for themselves. The medical care they give is in support of that bigger purpose.

Audience:  Mental health services, practitioners, commissioners.

Free to download below.

Download Making recovery a reality PDF (454 KB)

There is a summary top tips paper available below.

Download recovery top tips PDF (155 KB)

There is also supporting information about recovery concepts and what they mean in practice in this document by Laurie Davidson from the Recovery Devon Group.

Download recovery concepts PDF (98 KB)

Recovery in translation

Download Faire du retablissement une realite(Québécois) PDF (598 KB)

Download Hacer de la recuperacion una realidad (Castellano) PDF (288 KB)