Recovery Themes In First-Hand Accounts Of The Experience Of Mental Illness: A Pilot Analysis

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Authors: Pam Samra, Robert King and Chris Lloyd, QLD

Year: 2006

Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765326

Abstract: There is a great deal of interest in the concepts of recovery in the mental health arena. The recovery movement has originated from strong consumer advocacy in response to a growing discontent with traditional models of care and consumers with serious mental health issues publishing their personal experiences with their personal journey of recovery. This paper will explore the key concepts of the lived experiences of recovery through a content analysis of published first hand recovery stories by people with mental illness. The analysis presents themes identified by consumers as factors that promote recovery and themes identified by consumers as factors that are barriers to recovery. This paper will present a preliminary analysis based on a sub-sample of identified narratives. Systematic content analysis of consumer accounts provides an empirical basis for further understanding the lived experience of recovery and has the potential to assist in the development of recovery focused programs as well as to inform research into recovery.

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