Making recovery a reality


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.

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.


Recovery in translation

Download Faire du retablissement une realite (Québécois) and Hacer de la recuperacion una realidad (Castellano) below.

Let’s get better mental health support for all

The coronavirus pandemic is a physical health emergency on a global scale, such as we have never seen in our lifetimes. But it is also a mental health emergency.

We are taking action to help those at the frontline of this mental health crisis.

Now more than ever, your support is so valuable. Please take this journey with us - donate today.

You can help by donating as little as £1

Donate now