SIL services are firmly based in the belief that given the right kind of support people with mental ill health can recover; that this capacity is inherent to the individual and that our role is to support them to (re)discover the strengths they have to break away from the role and identity of ‘patient’.
Our recovery programme is designed to empower the people we support and to challenge and break the dependencies and expectations that can result from more traditional delivery models.
There is no set model of recovery and therefore it is better to speak about recovery ideas or concepts. This means that:
- Recovery is about flexible, individualised approaches
- Recovery does not necessarily mean ‘clinical recovery’ (usually defined in terms of symptoms and cure) – it does mean ‘social recovery’ – building a life beyond illness without necessarily achieving the elimination of the symptoms of illness
- Recovery is often described as a journey, with its inevitable ups and downs, and people often describe themselves as being in recovery rather than as having ‘recovered’
- Recovery is therefore about living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life even with the limitations caused by illness.
Our approach combines clinical intervention with a person-centred recovery-based support model that incorporates tools such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) as well as more bespoke tools such as our Independence Programme.
Recovery plans are developed around principles of robust risk management and clearly defined outcome areas:
- Mental health
- Physical wellbeing
- Addictive behaviours
- Social networks