Thursday, July 9, 2009

Welcome to the Recovery Blog

If you examine different cultural approaches to mental healthcare, one begins to notice some remarkable differences. In the United Kingdom, mental healthcare is treated as a component of the entire self, treatments are focused upon not just the individual ailment, but on the individual’s surroundings, cultural practices, and societal norms.

In New Zealand, mental healthcare practitioners were mandated, per a government act, to take on a culturally-based recovery approach. What does this mean? As the New Zealand Health Commissioner put it, it involves dealing with recovery in a manner that takes cultural and societal actions, norms, discriminations, and manifestations into account when dealing with recovery.

Unfortunately in the United States, mental health has often taken a back seat, or even a shameful seat, but why? When you have a heart problem what do you do? You see a cardiologist pronto! Why should things be any different when one is trying to protect their most prized position, their mind? Taking action is something one should be proud of.

With that in mind, I would like to share my hopes for this blog. There is a lot out there on mental health, mental illnesses, and advice, but I would like to start a dialogue, both for clinicians and for mental health consumers alike, about what the process of a recovery-based treatment feels like from both sides. What do you go through? What do you expect? What are the obstacles?

For those receiving mental healthcare, I would love to hear what you found was the most helpful thing for your caregiver to do? What lent itself most aptly to your recovery? Or, if you haven’t seen what you want to see, what do you want to see?

For mental health caregivers, tell us what actions you see people taking on their own that is inspirational or leads to the fastest recovery, or prevention, from a mental illness? What are your own struggles?

Basically, this blog is designed to be an open dialogue to really discover what the process is from both sides. If your reading a post or responses and have a though, please, I know you are all very busy, but take the time to comment, because it is only through collaboration and communication that true progress in mental health recovery can occur.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay happy.
Lex Douvasa
Evaluations Specialist

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