Authors: Indigo Daya, VIC
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CARERS, FAMILIES, CONSUMERS, Recovery & health
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper outlines a recovery story in which increased personal responsibility and a shift in life roles helped to facilitate recovery. Two role reversals – from daughter with mental illness to carer, and from consumer to worker – are discussed. This paper aims to examine the importance of self-care and responsibility, and how the roles we are given – and take – within both families and the mental health system can contribute to recovery. This recovery story asks carers, workers and consumers to reconsider how our roles can enable us to make the very powerful shift from ‘consumer’ to ‘participant’ to ‘leader’.