Canada’s Recovery Inventory: a compilation of 1,000+ recovery-oriented resources

Recovery is a process in which people living with mental health problems and mental illnesses are actively engaged in their own journey of wellbeing.

It is not a new idea. It has been developed and championed for decades by people with lived experience of mental health problems and mental illnesses. Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada identifies recovery as central to improving health outcomes and quality of life for people living with mental health problems or mental illnesses.

To better facilitate knowledge sharing and help accelerate the adoption of recovery-oriented practices, stakeholders from across Canada have shared with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) the need for a national recovery database. Toward that end, the MHCC has developed – with input from stakeholders throughout the country – the Canadian Recovery Inventory.

The Inventory will make available a broad range of recovery-oriented policies, programs, practices, and research, as well as personal accounts of recovery journeys. It will allow users to search the 1,000+ item database by keyword, resource type, topic, geographic location, and language to find resources relevant to their needs and interests.

As part of the development process, stakeholders were invited to submit or recommend recovery-oriented resources for inclusion in the Inventory. The response was overwhelming and the MHCC is committed to growing the Inventory to ensure that it is up to date and reflective of the evolving recovery landscape in Canada, and will therefore continue to solicit people’s contributions to the Inventory.

The Canadian Recovery Inventory will be launched on the MHCC’s site on October 8, during Mental Illness Awareness Week. To learn more and to read and sign the Recovery Declaration, visit the MHCC’s Recovery webpage.

Call for papers: responding to the Strategy

The MHCC launched the Mental Health Strategy for Canada in May 2012. Until October 31, the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health is calling for responses to the Strategy, from both Canadian and international perspectives.

For more information about the forthcoming Journal issues describing the Strategy, its development, and implementation efforts since its launch, or to learn how to submit a paper, click here