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Mental Health Crisis-A Time for Opportunity and Change. A Recovery Oriented Approach to a Crisis A Whole Life and Whole System John Jenkins President International Mental Health Collaborating Network. Recovery Oriented Approach. International Mental Health Collaborating Network(IMHCN )

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Mental health crisis a time for opportunity and change

Mental Health Crisis-A Time for Opportunity and Change

A Recovery Oriented Approach to a Crisis

A Whole Life and Whole System

John Jenkins

President

International Mental Health Collaborating Network


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Recovery Oriented Approach

International Mental Health Collaborating Network(IMHCN)

“Creativity and Innovation in Mental Health”

  • The IMHCN is an International Non Governmental Organisation founded by Mental Health Organisations and individuals who have developed good practices services in community mental health based on the whole system approach. Its membership consists of professionals, managers, users, carers, policy makers from many countries.

  • It is in collaboration with WHO and other organisations.

  • It has an extensive world wide Advisory Board


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Recovery Oriented Approach

ICRA – WHOLE LIFE

Aims and Objectives

  • ICRA-Whole Life is an innovative organisation established to support the development of whole life- recovery opportunities for people using services

  • Gather and disseminate evidence based learning and good practice to other places and people in the world to further the adoption of whole life-recovery based services and practice

  • To help people find and foster a life of well-being and purpose

  • To build a virtual learning centre for the training and education of professionals, organisations, service users, family members and other stakeholders

  • In working and developing practice from a clear recovery framework the centre will develop at a pace that will ensure that what is learned is captured and built upon.

  • It will also ensure that the services provided are actually helping individuals move towards recovery from the many, varied and unique responses of experiencing a mental illness / distress.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

Recovery Approach

The concept of the recovery approach for service users is founded in human values and their application by the user, professionals and the service itself. Its objective is to achieve health and well-being regardless of the degree of disability or distress of the individual.

  • It requires a paradigm shift in thinking from pathology and illness to self determination, life stories, human strengths, hopes and dreams, peer support and control by the user with support from professionals as partners, mentors and advocates.

  • It should be rooted in cultural, social, religious and ethnic diversity that gives meaning to the persons identity, belief and circumstance.

  • To promote the recovery approach staff should reevaluate their role in the treatment process to one of negotiation, partnership and trial and error.

  • Service organisations need to allow and support staff in practicing in this way by adopting a culture of creativity, innovation, openness, encouragement for diversity and recognition and celebration of good practice.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

Recovery Practice

  • Recovery practice is about enabling and assisting the active participation of people in their own recovery journey. 

  • This approach involves assisting people to find the time, space and opportunity to identify their own recovery goals and meet them.

  •  It asks the “helping community” to work in ways that are fundamentally different.

  •   Recovery practice is not something that is considered as an afterthought or bolted onto existing practices.

  • It asks us to think of our value framework and invites us into an "expansive space" with people in distress.

  • Inviting people to create their own opportunity within their space, where the goal is to enjoy a whole life (where citizenship is more real, with more meaning and purpose in their lives). 

  • This approach requires the “helping community” to intuitively work in ways that can hold a space for this to occur. Providing traditional and fixed models do not provide the opportunities for this to occur. In fact they may only serve to contribute to shutting down the space where people can have opportunities to commence and continue their recovery journey.

  • Recovery practice is therefore as much a learning process for practitioners, carers, and the wider community as it is for people in distress.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

WHOLE LIFE-WHOLE SYSTEMS

  • This is to incorporate the Recovery Approach for individuals with whole life- whole systems community development, for them to have a whole life full of wellbeing and purpose

  • This is to develop a wider community common purpose and responsibility and commitment through partnerships with local community organisations and groups.

  • It is important to move away with the ever increasing preoccupation with security and risk to ways to improve the social determinants that are key causal and aggravating factors to a persons’ mental health and the opportunities for their recovery.

  • A common purpose of understanding and action for improved mental health and wellbeing of the population needs to be developed in communities.

  • This should use a Whole Systems developmental approach and process by engaging with all community organisations that have real or potential capacity to provide housing, employment, volunteering, art and culture, sport and leisure and education.

  • A Whole Systems process of developing community common purpose  and responsibility has been developed by the IMHCN.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

A WHOLE LIFE IN ALL RESPECTS

  • Where you live The place you live in should meet your individual needs. You should not have to worry about having to move out,and it should not be too out-of-the-way. You should be ableto come and go when you want, be alone when you want and notbe harassed by the people you live with, by staff or by neighbours.

  • Money You should have enough money to pay bills, stay outofdebt and not miss meals. You should not have to feel isolatedor cut off from society because of lack of money.Help withfinances Many people find that they need help with claimingbenefits, filling in forms and working out how to managetheirmoney.You should get as much help as you need to dothesethings.

  • How you spend your day You should have the opportunityto spendyour day in some form of regular and meaningful activity.Thiscould be working, studying, training or going to a daycentre.

  • Family and friends Mental illnesscan affect a person's relationshipswith the people that heor she cares most about. You shouldbe able to maintain goodrelationships with the people closestto you.

  • Social lifeYou should have the opportunity to mix with peopleand formnew friendships and relationships. To make this possible,youshould have enough money, access to transport if you needitand the use of a telephone.

  • Information and advice You shouldbe given as much informationas you want or need about theservices and treatments availableto you, about the MentalHealth Act and how it works and aboutthe mental health system generally. Some people find it helpfulto have someone likethem (such as another service user ora member of the samecommunity) to explain things to them.The information you aregiven should be clear and easy to understand, and should beavailable as and when you need it.

  • Access to mental healthservices You should be able to get helpfrom your local mentalhealth services when you need it, throughoutthe week, at anytime of the day or night.

  • Choice of mental health servicesA range of services shouldbe available to you, and you shouldbe able to choose thosethat closely match your needs, includingcomplementary/alternativetherapies, counselling and psychotherapy.You should have achoice about the mental health workers you meet with regularly(for example, being able to choose theirgender or ethnic background)and be able to change workersif you do not get on


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Recovery Oriented Approach

A WHOLE LIFE IN ALL RESPECTS

Relationships with mental health workersDoctors, nurses, social workers and other mental health workersshould show you respect,be honest with you and discuss thingswith you in a way inwhich you can understand. They shouldkeep information aboutyou confidential or ask your permission before passing it onto others. If they pass on information,it should be accurateand save you from having to repeat yourselfto new mental health workers.

Consultation and control Mentalhealth workers should not pressurise you to do anything thatyou do not want to, or take decisionson your behalf withoutgetting your permission first. Evenif you have been ‘sectioned’,people should showyou respect, listen to you and take youropinions seriously.

Advocacy You should be able to put yourviews across to peoplein authority. This can be difficultfor several reasons, suchas the effects of medication, ifEnglish is not your firstlanguage or if the situation is frighteningor intimidating.If you want, you should have somebody (an advocate) to helpor support you, or speak for you. You shouldfeel that this person really understands what you want andgenuinely representsyour views when he/she speaks on yourbehalf.

Stigma and discrimination You should feel safe andother people should not harass, exploit, victimise or be violenttowardsyou. You should not experience stigma or discriminationathome, at work or from mental health workers, police or anyother section of the community. People should not discriminateagainst you because of race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or for any otherreason.

Your medication/drug treatment Medication should begiven onlyto relieve the symptoms of mental ill health andto reduceyour distress. All medication can have unwanted effects,butthese should not cause more disruption to your life thanimprovement.

Access to physical health services You shouldbe able to getthe treatment and care that you need for yourphysical healthwhen you need it, whether you are in hospitalor living athome. You should be able to be registered witha general practitionerand have regular check-ups from a dentist.You should haveaccess to other types of care, such as opticians, chiropodists,physiotherapists and so on.Relationships withphysical health workers The people who giveyou physical healthcare should listen to you, show you respectand take your conditionseriously.


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Whole Life And Well Being

  • A person with a mental health problem has the same basic human needs as anybody.

  • This is how to develop and lead a life that is full of purpose, interest, recognition, contribution, value and reward.

  • A whole life comprising of these needs and aspirations is what most people with a mental health problem are seeking for themselves.

  • Access to health, education opportunities, vocational training schemes, work, volunteering, social networks, sport and leisure and art and culture activities are all important in enabling people to have a whole life opportunity to assist them in their recovery and well-being.

  • The IMHCN Whole Life approach promotes this by applying a Whole Systems methodology in the design, planning and implementation of a comprehensive integrated mental health system and a subsystem for acute and crisis services.

  • The Whole system has to have an agreed common purpose and objectives negotiated and owned by all community stakeholders.

  • In this way the components of the System are interdependent with each other and have themselves a well defined contribution to the Whole System.

  • The Whole is the most important and not each component on their own.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

A Whole Systems Approach in Acute and Crisis Services

The key principles in defining a whole systems approach to respond to a critical time in a person’s life (before or during a crisis) are:

  • recognition of a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life that should lead to recovery and not a path of deterioration

  • critical time for reflection and positive growth

  • self determination – not a time for continuing pathways of hopelessness and /or maintenance

  • time for change for the person to look at their life as a whole not just their mental health problem

  • the causes of a crisis need different solutions from various sources,

  • financial difficulties

  • physical health problems

  • work stress

  • environmental factors,

  • family problems

  • The contact and relationship formed between the user and professional in one part of the service should be the same trusting relationship and therapeutic approach in all parts of the service system

  • These principles are difficult to realise if there is an incomplete whole system service design and approach.

  • System thinking are a discipline for seeing wholes not holes!

  • Its essential framework is developing inter dependence and interrelationships rather than static and separate parts.

  • The common purpose of the whole should embrace all the principles and the parts of the system must be sensitive to their contribution in achieving the overall purpose.

  • They should actively promote recovery self determination and growth for the individual by benefiting from both the mental health whole systems service and a community’s natural resources.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

Community based alternatives to acute and crisis hospital care

Research has shown that hospital care is not always necessary or helpful to people experiencing an acute crisis. The experience for users in acute in-patient unit is sometimes not a positive or therapeutic experience and very often does not give the user the time or space to reflect on what is happening to them in their life as a whole.Many people have repeatedly asked for community based, small scale,personal,less restrictive, therapeutic alternatives.At the moment as a result of implementing the National service Framework in the UK some people are able to manage their crisis in community mental health teams and /or home treatment teams.However many more are still being admitted to acute units and far too many as readmissions and under compulsory admission.For these this cycle of hopelessness and maintenance needs to be broken if recovery for the person is going to be a reality.Over the last few years some places around the world have designed and started to implement community alternatives that look far more encouraging as good models that can offer new hope to users.


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Alternatives to hospital based services include:

  • Crisis Resolution Teams( Home Treatment Teams) These should provide 24 hours, 7 day a week alternative home based treatment and support for intensive intervention as long as there is a need for the management of the crisis at home to prevent admission

  • Crisis Houses These have been developed as a more homely, small scale residential alternative to hospital care.In some places these have been provided for specific groups,women, minority ethnic groups etc.

  • Crisis Respite Service These are informal non-residential short term alternatives. They have been provided in hotels,guest houses or supported accommodation. They are usually managed and supported by community mental health centre staff.

  • User Run Crisis Houses These are also referred to as peer – run crisis houses.They have a strong recovery and natural self help ethos.They are managed and run mainly by service users.They provide many alternative coping strategies for self determination, massage, counselling, skills training, meditation, reinforcing responsibility etc. They reach out to encompass the natural resources of a community.


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Other alternatives and good practice

  • Host Families These are based on the experience of adult fostering schemes but take this forward to provide a family support structure for individuals during their acute crisis. Sometimes they are also used to place people in order to prevent a crisis. Users record a very positive experience from these and they are highly valued by the host family and mental health professionals.

  • 24hr CMHC with acute beds This model combines the functions of a Community Mental Health Center/ Home Treatment Service and acute/respite beds in one non-hospital setting.It has been found to be successful in providing continuity of care, ensuring responsibility to a specific community for the holistic care of individuals and much preferred by users and carers as well as integrated with and highly regarded by local people.

  • Telephone helplines Telephone help line have been shown to provide essential support to people who are experiencing a dramatic or traumatic experience in their lives.Some of these are provided by NGO’s and others are part of a CMHC service

  • Other interventions

    Some places have developed initiatives that users have found useful, such as

  • Advance treatment/care directives. Users express and record their views and wishes on treatment they do not wish to receive when they are in a crisis

  • User crisis card / joint crisis cards. These are on cards formally written and agreed wishes of a user themselves or between a user and professional. They can be kept on the person and presented to any service when necessary.

  • Relapse signature. Using a person centered plan for the user and friends and family to recognise the unique circumstances of the triggers of a relapse and how to prevent it.


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Specific models.

In some countries in the world some models have been developed by psychiatrists. Some of these have been replicated in other countries.

  • Soteria Recovery House These were founded by Loren Mosher in the USA based on providing small scale therapeutic, humane, recovery support for people experiencing an acute psychosis.They have also been developed in Alaska. Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Budapest and Denmark.

  • Cedar House This was established in Boulder, Colorada. It is an alternative to hospital care and runs as a therapeutic community giving responsibility to the “guests” whose stay is no longer than 10-15 days

    Research into these alternatives have shown similar or better outcomes for service users including improved satisfaction. They have also demonstrated reduced admissions and re-admission rates.


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Recovery Oriented Approach

CHANGE THE THINKING CHANGE THE SYSTEM

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CHANGE THE PRACTICE CHANGE THE PRACTICE

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CHANGE THE SYSTEM CHANGE THE THINKING

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Management of Change in Acute and Crisis services


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Recovery Oriented Approach

A Learning and Action Collaboration A suggestion?

  • To examine in more detail the above alternatives to acute in –patient services and their possible application to acute and crisis services in different organisations

  • To learn from each others experience in providing a whole life whole systems approach based on the principles listed above

  • To collect and compare the activity data and characteristics of users in the current acute and crisis services in each organisation

  • To plan one acute in-patient alternative for each organisation. These may be the same for more than one organisation and therefore can be developed in unison and collaboration

    Membership

  • Each organisation to be represented by 4-5 key senior managers/ clinicians and users

    Method of Work

  • To hold a brainstorming workshop to present a profile of current services in each organisation and to describe the developmental needs and aspirations for alternative services.

  • To also present detailed examples of the alternatives listed above.

  • To produce an action plan accordingly.

  • The learning collaboration to meet? 2- 3 times over?

  • In 6 months to prepare detailed plans for establishing one alternative acute and crisis service in each organisation. This can also be done using videoconferencing facilities.


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