Mental Health and Recovery

One of the key objectives of ‘No Health without Mental Health’ is that more people with mental health problems will recover. There is growing awareness that mental healthcare should take into account all areas of individuals’ lives, a holistic process that focuses on more than clinical recovery. Government strategy emphasises improved self management, stronger social relationships, suitable and stable accommodation, improved chances in education and higher employment rates. This resonates strongly with the social model of recovery and underpins the value base of MHPF and all its members.

MHPF is focused on highlighting the importance of recovery processes and interventions that involve active collaboration with service users as “experts by experience”, as well as the use of recovery focused tools that support such working and empower people with lived experiences.

The sector is continuously improving on its thinking around mental health and recovery – an approach that MHPF and members are committed to. The focus on recovery for mental health service users, emphasis on the well-being agenda and commitment to improving outcomes for service users have a good fit with the long held traditional values of the sector.

By working with members and partners cross-sector to support recovery focused organisational practices, our aim is to make recovery an attainable goal for those living with mental ill-health.