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Recovering from recurrent mental health problems

The mental health policy, A Vision for Change, highlighted the need for recovery-based mental health services.  The policy made a recommendation that there should be a strong commitment to the principles of recovery to reflect the believe that all service users can achieve control over their lives, recover their self-esteem and build a life where they experience a sense of belonging and participation.  There are few studies in Ireland and indeed internationally involving individual, first-hand user experiences with mental health problems, their treatment, and needs and support requirement at various stages of user experiences.  In other words, what helps people with severe mental health problems? What constitutes a recovery-based service and how can services be designed to encourage and promote recovery? 

The Recovery Study is a three-year qualitative study aimed at exploring individual experiences and views on processes and desired outcomes of recovering from recurrent mental health problems. The study aims to build up a theoretical framework of recovering from recurrent mental health problems in an Irish context in order to inform recommendations for multidisciplinary stakeholders involved in the area of mental health and recovery.  In order to improve existing and develop new rehabilitation and recovery programmes matching individual recovery needs of Irish service-users, it is necessary to explore individual experiences of processes and desired outcomes of recovery. Such analysis will help to identify the social reality of processes of recovery shared by various service users and highlight directions for the development of person-centred mental health services.

The study results are now being finalised and the HRB report will be published by the end of 2009. Please contact Kartalova-O'Doherty at ykartalova(at) or phone 01-2345144 if you have any questions or comments with regard to this project.