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Recovery is possible and real for individuals living with
mental health problems and mental illnesses.
The Recovery Graphic
The Mental Health & Spiritual Health Care Branch has initiated work to support the transformation of the current mental health system to become more recovery-oriented. A recovery oriented mental health system creates environments that provide hope, empowerment, acceptance, choices, and opportunities to people with lived experience. Recovery is a key pillar of Manitoba’s mental health strategic plan, Rising to the Challenge.
This work includes forming an advisory committee, the Provincial Recovery Champions Committee, in April 2014, to provide recommendations to the Branch related to this work. In partnership with the Provincial Recovery Champions Committee the following has been accomplished:
Created and launched a provincial educational video on recovery and system transformation that will serve as a tool for continuing the discussion around transforming the mental health system to be recovery oriented.
Recovery: Hope Changes Everything - Toward System Transformation
Video courtesy of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and the Provincial Recovery Champions Committee, hosted on YouTube. Click image to play.
What is Recovery?
Recovery is a journey of healing and growth that is owned by and unique to each individual.
Recovery builds on individual, family, spiritual, cultural and community strengths and enables a person to live a resilient, meaningful, and satisfying life of their choice in the community, in the presence or absence of symptoms of mental health problems and illnesses.
Recovery is nurtured by relationships with self and others, and by environments that provide hope, empowerment, acceptance, choices, and opportunities.
Family members, service providers, peers, and others may be partners in one’s journey of recovery.
What is a Recovery Oriented Mental Health System?
While recovery is owned by and unique to each individual, mental health services have an important role in creating an environment that supports, and does not interfere with, people’s recovery efforts.
Supporting personal recovery is the first and main goal of recovery-oriented mental health services. Providing treatment can be an important contribution towards this goal, but is a means not an end. Similarly, intervening in crisis or addressing risk issues may sometimes need to take precedence, but should be oriented around the primary goal of supporting recovery.
Service providers, including peer support workers, work in a manner that supports wellness and focuses on strengths.
Recovery-oriented practice emphasizes hope, social inclusion, acceptance, choice, community participation, personal goal setting, and self-management.
Recovery-oriented practice involves a holistic approach that addresses a range of factors that impact on people’s wellbeing, such as housing, education and employment, and family and social relationships.
In recovery-oriented service and practice, service providers consider how responsibility, information, and power are shared and discuss this as they engage with those who access mental health services.
The recovery graphic identifier (seen above) was generously created by Kait Evinger, artist from Artbeat Studio and Project Coordinator at Upbeat Artworks. Artbeat Studio is a mental health consumer initiative, peer directed and recovery oriented program that provides opportunity to engage in creative expression for the purpose of promoting recovery and empowerment through art activity.
Kait describes the graphic identifier in the following way: The circle represents the coming together of Mental Health Ambassadors for the furthering of recovery. The multi-coloured mandela is used to represent a holistic process of healing which encompasses not only a medical approach to healing but a varied and total vision of wellness. Forward motion was the desired aesthetic theme throughout creation. The colour palette chosen was meant to be bright and uplifting, but also a comprehensive spectrum to indicate the population represented by people with lived experience.
Rising to the Challenge: Manitoba’s Mental Health Strategic Plan – A 6-point strategic plan aimed at improving the mental health of Manitobans by addressing: mental health and well being; access to services; innovation and research; social inclusion; family participation; and workforce development. Recovery is a key pillar of the strategic plan.
National Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice - The first comprehensive Canadian reference document for understanding recovery in practice and promoting a consistent application of recovery principles across the country at a policy, program and practice level.
Canadian Recovery Inventory – Provides abroad range of recovery-oriented policies, programs, practices, and research, as well as personal accounts. It allows users to search by keyword, resource type, topic, geographic location, and language to find resources relevant to your needs and interests.
Recovery Declaration – Initiated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to promote an understanding of key recovery principles and stimulate dialogue about implementing recovery-oriented approaches.
Spirit of Recovery – A resource for people with lived experience interested in spirituality.
For Service Providers:
Hope Changes Everything: A Guide to Recovery-Oriented System Transformation in Manitoba
This document is intended to guide the transformation of Manitoba's mental health system to one that is more recovery oriented. Regional recovery committees have been developed in each region across Manitoba. These committees are comprised of people with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses and their family members; Regional Health Authorities; mental health self-help agencies and other organizations. Together they will utilize this document to guide their transformation work and measure their efforts to become more recovery oriented. Individual organizations are also encouraged to utilize the document to self-evaluate their existing recovery work and identify areas for improvement.