Authors: Brad Grimmer and Nan Kinross
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, consumer focus group, recovery and resilence, psychiatric disability, consumer participants
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In August 2001 a Consumer Focus Group met on two separate occasions with facilitators Brad Grimmer and Nan Kinross to explore their experiences of recovery as related through narrative.
This paper posits that our contemporary understanding of recovery and resiliency in psychiatric disability has yet to mature. It provides excerpts from the recovery narratives offered by consumer participants, Debz, Bernard, Kane, and Ray to further inform our appreciation of the recovery experience. It is appropriate that we learn about the process of recovery direct from consumers because a single clearly definable recovery construct has yet to emerge by other means.
Whereas the recovery process is often viewed as a multi-faceted journey with many hurdles to overcome, our presentation today describes a three stage passage of
recovery using the analogy of a sand dune and a horizon to illustrate steps along the way, namely:
1. Climbing to the top: the first journey
2. The view from the top
3. A new journey: looking to the horizon