k u .co. mind our y think re #IFeelBetterWhen Recovery - Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Kings College London Reference LEAMY M, BIRD V, LE BOUTILLIER C, WILLIAMS J, SLADE M (2011) A conceptual framework for personal recovery in mental health: systematic review and narrative synthesis, British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, pp. 445-452. More information on recovery research is at researchintorecovery.com What does research tell us about recovery? • Recovery is an active process – others can’t make you recover • Individual and unique process – your • journey of recovery is your own to discover • Non-linear process – it’s normal to hit hurdles • Recovery as a journey – recovery is a personal experience • Recovery as stages or phases – one step at a time! • Recovery as a struggle – feel good about achievements, no matter how small • Multidimensional process – recovery can occur in different parts of your life • Recovery is a gradual process – so be compassionate towards yourself • Recovery as a life-changing experience – move forward to who you will become • Recovery without cure – can involve living with, or beyond, an illness • Recovery is aided by supportive and healing environment – by having helpful influences in your life • Recovery can occur without professional intervention – some people find another route • Trial and error process – it’s okay to try and fail Research into recovery What are the key recovery processes? 1. Connectedness – who or what do you connect with? 2. Hope & optimism about the future – would someone’s recovery story inspire you? 3. Identity – what positive parts of your identity do you want to activate more? 4. Meaning in life – what makes your life worth living? 5. Empowerment – what can you do? 38