Hope is more important than the words you use

FDAMH’s Involvement Group have been busy tackling the word ‘Recovery’ following the recent service-user led audit of FDAMH’s recovery-focus using SRI2 (Scottish Recovery Indicator). People using FDAMH’s services that participated in the audit had indicated that they were uncomfortable with the word ‘recovery’ and often found it confusing.

The group felt there were many ways to interpret the term ‘recovery’ and that it was crucial how the term was explained and perceived. In addition they preferred the use of the term ‘mental health recovery’ to distinguish it from recovery from other issues.

Education about the illness/diagnosis was felt to be very important to recovery and the group felt that responsibility for a person’s mental health recovery sits with everyone involved in that person’s care, not just organisations like FDAMH.

People felt that ideally the consultant psychiatrist should be the person who initially explains a person’s diagnosis and prognosis to them, and that an emphasis should be placed on recovery right at the beginning. Whilst it is important to get medication correct less emphasis should be on the medical model and as a whole NHS staff should show a greater mental health recovery focus.

When it came to talking about an alternative to the term ‘recovery’ the most common term the group came up with was ‘wellbeing’. However it was quickly decided this was not a term or word that people used every day either and again had different meanings for different people.

After much debate, the group felt that in some ways the particular word or term used was not what mattered, what was important was giving people hope.

Tag:User Involvement & Consultation
03/06/2016 at 10:36 am