Recovery Framework

The Recovery framework is built on the foundation is that an individual living with mental illness needs to be an active participant. Naturally, as the individual remains at the centre, he or she is supported by professionals, family and the community at large.

The idea is to empower individuals living with mental illness and provide an opportunity for them to integrate into society, instead of incarcerating them or keeping them on the fringes.

Sambandh’s Recovery Model is unique in that it based on building on the strengths, desires and aspirations of the person are central to the recovery plan.

In the past, services for people living with mental illness were designed primarily by mental health professionals, where the person living with mental illness was seen merely as a passive recipient of care, and the goal of was to achieve obedience and compliance. Such a two-dimensional view of human beings over the last centuries led ultimately to one solution – institutionalization. In recent times this view is gradually evolving and instead of relegating people living with mental illness to the fringes, more and more services focus on integrating people living with mental illness back into the community, where each rightfully belongs.

Sambandh’s Recovery Framework has been put together by experiential experts - people who have either experienced the illness or by their caregivers, rather than just the professionals. It has been adapted from the Framework for Support written by John Trainor, Ed Pomeroy and Bonnie Pape. It has been made culturally relevant to Sambandh work and the caregiver perspective.

Our recovery framework is supported by international research on recovery indicates that if support is provided in the context of choice and community participation, there is reason to hold hopeful expectations of recovery for every individual. (Research by PLMI, reviewed by Dr Paul Carling, University of Pennsylvania)

Recovery is about discovering or re-discovering a sense of personal identity, separate from illness or disability. It is a dynamic process and is facilitated by a supportive community.

The idea is to clearly understand the needs of a person living with mental illness, the resources needed to satisfy the needs and their appropriate linkage.

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