The concept of "recovery" in mental health refers to living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even when a person may be experiencing ongoing symptoms of a mental health problem or illness. Recovery journeys build on individual, family, cultural, and community strengths and can be supported by many types of services, supports, and treatments.
Recovery principles, including hope, dignity, self-determination, and responsibility, can be adapted to the realities of different life stages, and to the full range of mental health problems and illnesses. Recovery is not only possible, it should be expected.
Championed by people with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses for decades, recovery is being widely embraced by practitioners, service providers, and policy makers in Canada and around the world. It is recognized as key to achieving better mental health outcomes and improving mental health systems.
In recovery oriented practice, service providers engage in shared decision-making with people with lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses, offering a range of services and supports to fully meet a person’s goals and needs.
Recovery approaches stand on two pillars:
The MHCC is committed to learning from and working with all stakeholders to accelerate this shift. To help people involved in implementing recovery-oriented practices, the MHCC recovery initiative developed three key initiatives:
Food for thought: A youth perspective on recovery-oriented practice
This video, developed with our Youth Council, breaks down what youth see as some of the core principles of recovery-oriented mental health and addiction services. It uses the metaphor of a restaurant to provide an out-of-the-box, light-hearted demonstration of the key concepts of recovery-oriented practice. It is not intended to have all the answers, but to provoke creative thought and start a discussion among service providers about how they could better support and work with youth in a recovery-oriented mental health and addiction setting.
Want more? Use the discussion guide to help direct your self-reflection or to facilitate critical discussions with others.
A video produced by the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society.
A tool for starting conversations about recovery and recovery-oriented mental health services.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is hosting a series of free Recovery-Oriented Practice webinars on the third Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. ET.
On Thursday, June 16th, 2016, the sixth webinar in this series, join Howard Chodos, PhD, to discuss how recovery-oriented practice is about appreciating the rich diversity of Canada’s population in order to better respect the choices people make throughout their recovery process and determine how best to adapt services to meet their needs.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created a number of resources to accelerate the shift to recovery-oriented practice. Click on the links below for more information.