Psychosocial rehabilitation and mental health recovery?

Psychosocial rehabilitation promotes recovery, full community integration and improves quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Psychiatric rehabilitation, services such as Mentis Assist, are collaborative, person directed, individualised and evidence based. 

Recovery is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day's challenges. It is not a perfectly linear process. The need is to meet the challenge of the disability and to re-establish a new and valued sense of integrity and purpose within and beyond the limits of the disability; the aspiration is to live, work, and love in a community in which one makes a significant contribution (Deegan 1988).

Psychosocial Rehabilitation services focus on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning, and social environments of their choice (Adapted from USPRA 2007).

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery

The 15 principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery:

  1. Recovery is the ultimate goal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Interventions must facilitate the process of recovery.
  2. Psychosocial Rehabilitation practices help people re-establish roles in the community and their reintegration into community life.
  3. Psychosocial Rehabilitation practices facilitate the development of personal support networks.
  4. Psychosocial Rehabilitation practices facilitate an enhanced quality of life for each person receiving services.
  5. All people have the capacity to learn and grow.
  6. People receiving services have the right to direct their own affairs, including those that are related to their mental illness.
  7. All people are to be treated with respect and dignity
  8. Psychosocial Rehabilitation practitioners make conscious and consistent efforts to eliminate labelling and discrimination, particularly discrimination based upon a disabling condition.
  9. Culture and/or ethnicity play an important role in recovery as sources of strength and enrichment for the person and the services.
  10. Psychosocial Rehabilitation interventions build on the strengths of each person.
  11. Psychosocial Rehabilitation services are to be coordinated, accessible, and available as long as needed.
  12. All services are to be designed to address the unique needs of each individual, consistent with the individual’s cultural values and norms.
  13. Psychosocial Rehabilitation practices actively encourage and support the involvement of persons in community activities, such as school and work, throughout the rehabilitation process.
  14. The involvement and partnership of persons receiving services and family members is an essential ingredient of the process of rehabilitation and recovery.
  15. Psychosocial Rehabilitation practitioners should constantly strive to improve the services they provide.

While psychosocial rehabilitation can aid in the recovery process, we must also remain mindful that recovery is different for everyone and is an individual journey back to improved health and wellbeing.  

Recovery at Mentis Assist?

At Mentis Assist, we support people to utilise and build on their own personal strengths, resourcefulness and resilience; responding to their individual circumstances, needs and preferences.

Mentis Assist believes recovery involves the person as a whole including their mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, while embracing the past, present and future, building on an individual’s strengths and hopes.  Recovery is a dimension beyond rehabilitation and involves transformation and rediscovery of one’s self.