Our core purpose is to work with people and lead communities in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing for a better life; through delivering excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
We want to work with you to help you make sure that your health and wellbeing is as good as it can be. We are committed to a recovery and wellbeing focused approach to services, which aims to support people to fulfil their potential.
In mental health, recovery does not always refer to the process of complete recovery from a mental health problem in the way that we may recover from a physical health problem. For many people, the concept of recovery is about taking and staying in control of their life despite experiencing a mental health problem.
Professionals in the mental health sector have referred to the 'recovery model' to describe this way of thinking. We are not prescribing a model for “recovery” but do want to make sure that as someone involved in our services, you have hope inspiring relationships, opportunities to do things of value to you, pursue ambitions and participate in your community as an equal, and gain and keep control of your life and the challenges you face. In other words, becoming an expert in your own self-care.
Putting recovery into action means focusing care on supporting recovery and building up resilience for dealing with mental health problems, not just on treating or managing their symptoms.
There is no single definition of the concept of recovery for people with mental health problems, but the guiding principle is the belief that it is possible for someone to regain a meaningful life, despite mental illness.
Components of the process of recovery:
(after Andresen, Oades & Caputi, 2003 Making Recovery a Reality, Sainsbury 2008)
Below you can find some helpful tools, tips and information.
My Recovery Plan is a booklet designed and co-produced by Service Users, Clinical staff and Carers for Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust to provide a pocket sized Wellness Recovery Plan. This plan takes you through identifying the daily activities that keep you well. It also allows you to recognise your triggers and early signs when things start to go wrong and steers you towards actions you can take to keep safe. If you need any support to work through this with someone you can discuss this with your worker. You can share this with your care team if you wish.
Click here for My Recovery Plan
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.
Click here to find out more about WRAP Planning
WRAP may help you:
Click here to find out more about Recovery and Wellbeing on the Core Care Standards website
In 2008 MHPF (National Alliance of Voluntary Sector Mental Health Providers) worked with service users to develop what is now the Mental Health Recovery Star – a key-working and outcomes measurement tool.
The Mental Health Recovery Star is designed for adults managing their mental health and recovering from mental illness. The Mental Health Recovery Star covers ten key areas:
Visit the MHPF website to find out more about the Recovery Star
You can use the Aims or Goals form to let us know (as someone who uses mental health services) what you think are the most important things we can help you with. You can choose how you want to let us know and there are lots of ways, such as talking to workers, but if you wish you can use this form to help. You do not have to use this form, it’s your choice. If you do want to make notes on it, you can just keep it for yourself as a reminder, or, give a copy to your Care Coordinator or other worker.
Click here for the Aims or Goals Form
Click here to read Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust self help booklets about:
See the Royal College of Psychiatrists information on Problems and Disorders, including:
Recovery means different things to each person, and everyone has a story to share, everyone can choose their own steps towards recovery. We have gathered a selection of stories and they are written in the persons own narrative, reflecting the things that are of value to them, and convey powerful messages of hope, self-determination, resilience, inclusion and choice.
"I have had time to start to recover even though at first I found it so hard to sort anything out, and CPN did not force anything on me." Service User
Read a collection of Personal Recovery Stories
Click on the picture below to watch a short film about Recovery and Flourishing Families produced by Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.