Recovery is the “achievement of an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as defined by each individual, whilst living with or recovering from a mental health issue.” (NDIS)
The principles of a recovery oriented approach include understanding that each person is different and should be supported to make their own choices, listened to and treated with dignity and respect. Each person is the expert of their own life and support should assist them to achieve their hopes, goals and aspirations. Recovery will mean different things to different people.
A recovery approach should drive everything you do as a support worker and be reflected in your attitude, words and actions. This means being respectful and non-judgemental, and using words that are easily understood (no jargon).
In a recovery oriented approach it is important that you:
Personal recoveryThis web page has information and videos of people sharing their lived experience and their views of recovery.Type: Web page and VideosTranscript AvailableProduced by: Healthtalk Australia
Food for thought: A youth perspective on recovery-oriented practiceThis short video provides a youth perspective on the core principles of recovery-oriented mental health and addiction services.Type: VideoViewing time: 4:08 minutesClosed captions: YesProduced by: Mental Health Commission of Canada
RecoveryThis is an overview of some ideas to support someone on their journey of recovery.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Wodonga Mental Health Services
Let's talk about recovery
This is an overview of recovery, with a short video and links to stories and experiences.Type: Web page & VideoEstimated reading time: 5 minutes & 1:37 minutes videoProduced by: Scottish Recovery NetworkRecovery and mental healthThis is a brief overview of recovery and mental health, written for a person facing mental health challenges.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 3 minutesProduced by: Health Direct
Recovery Oriented Language GuideThis document provides guidelines for language and communication, and helpful do's and don'ts to promote acceptance, hope, respect and uniqueness.Type: Guidance documentLength: 32 pagesProduced by: Mental Health Coordinating Council
Practitioners' guide to recovery principles that support recovery-oriented mental health practiceThis web page lists some fundamental themes of a recovery focus for clinicians and mental health service providers. Type: Web page (or PDF download)Length: 1 page pdfProduced by: Australian Department of HealthRecovery: the conceptThis web page provides in-depth information about the recovery concept, with links to ‘A National Framework for Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services: Guide for Practitioners and Providers’.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 10 minutesProduced by: Australian Department of Health
Principles for effective support