Like physical health, we all have mental health and we need to take care of it. Given how much of our lives are spent at work, it’s really important employers and employees take an active role in helping their colleagues stay well by not only spotting the signs of deteriorating wellbeing but also creating a psychologically safe space to hold conversations around mental health.
Over the years as someone who has lived through poor mental health and someone who knows what is required to maintain good mental health, I have used my personal and professional experiences to help others understand the importance of their wellbeing.
I am a huge advocate of the Recovery Model.
The recovery model is a framework or guiding principle that focuses on working with the individual to identify their strengths and build resilience. It also focuses on working with individuals to regain control, support recovery, and lead a life meaningful to them after experiencing a serious mental illness. It is not just about treating or managing their symptoms.
There is no widely accepted definition of recovery. Recovery means different things to different people.For some people, recovery means aiming to be symptom-free for others it means living a fulfilling life despite their symptoms.
This model highlights the importance of building the resilience of people with mental health problems. As well as the importance of family and professionals supporting people’s identity and self-esteem.
My sessions and Mental Health First Aid training keep the recovery model in mind throughout.