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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A Recovery Oriented Approach to a Crisis
A Whole Life and Whole System
International Mental Health Collaborating Network
International Mental Health Collaborating Network(IMHCN)
“Creativity and Innovation in Mental Health”
ICRA – WHOLE LIFE
Aims and Objectives
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.
WHOLE LIFE-WHOLE SYSTEMS
A WHOLE LIFE IN ALL RESPECTS
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.
Whole Life And Well Being
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:
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.
Alternatives to hospital based services include:
Other alternatives and good practice
Some places have developed initiatives that users have found useful, such as
In some countries in the world some models have been developed by psychiatrists. Some of these have been replicated in other countries.
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.
CHANGE THE THINKING CHANGE THE SYSTEM
CHANGE THE PRACTICE CHANGE THE PRACTICE
CHANGE THE SYSTEM CHANGE THE THINKING
Management of Change in Acute and Crisis services
A Learning and Action Collaboration A suggestion?
Method of Work