Whose recovery is it anyway?

Document type
Conference proceedings
Corporate author(s)
Social Perspectives Network (Great Britain)
Social Perspectives Network
Date of publication
1 December 2007
SPN paper; 11
Mental health services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This document is comprised of the proceedings of a study day organised by the Social Perspectives Network examining the concept of recovery in mental health services. The study day brought together a diverse range of speakers to address the topic of recovery from their own perspectives. A central theme that ran through most of the presentations was the concern that the recovery agenda is now being colonised by mental health services and inevitably being re-articulated. This re-articulation means that services seem to adopt a rehabilitation model that sometimes gets narrowly interpreted to equate recovery with getting into employment. Another theme that emerged during the study day was whether recovery is a relevant concept given the very different conceptions of mental health that exist within and across marginalised groups. The study day also addressed what recovery approaches should include and there was an agreement that is should encompass a range of factors that are social, practical, emotional, cultural and spiritual.