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Recovery and Personal Development

The John Munroe mental health hospital near Stoke takes patients with all kinds of conditions from personality disorders, schizophrenia and dementia. Regardless of their conditions, we treat all of our patients with the view to recovering them and equipping them with the necessary skills, coping mechanisms and advice to thrive upon release.

Core Values of Recovery and Personal Development:

John Munroe Hospital Group provides Care packages that are based on individual holistic needs, identified by both the individual and their carers’ and family.

“Increasingly, services aim to go beyond traditional clinical care and help patients back into mainstream society, re-defining recovery to incorporate quality of life – a job, a decent place to live, friends and a social life” (Appleby 2007)

This concept highlights the importance of JMH Group reducing ‘social exclusion’ and increasing social inclusion as a mechanism, and preventative factor in maintaining mental health and overall wellbeing.

Recovery is the main focus of intervention and treatment for the JMH Group.

“This is a deeply personal, unique process of changing ones attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life, even with the limitations caused by illness”.

Components of the process of recovery:

HOPE: Key component of recovery. It is said to include not just optimism but a sustainable belief in oneself and a willingness to persevere through uncertainty and setbacks.

EMPOWERMENT AND INCLUSION: Important factors for a person to recover include having self control. This can mean developing the confidence for independent assertive decision making and help-seeking. Achieving social inclusion may require support and may require challenging stigma and prejudice.

COPING STRATEGIES: This is a key part of recovery as there may be many set-backs along the road to recovery. Developing coping and problem solving skills to manage individual traits and problem issues (which may or may not be seen as symptoms of mental disorder) may require a person becoming their own expert, in order to identify key stress points and possible crisis points, and to understand and develop personal ways of responding and coping.

MEANINGFUL LIFE: Developing a sense of meaning and overall purpose is important for sustaining the recovery process. This may involve recovering or developing a social or work role.