Authors: Karleen Gwinner, Richelle Spence QLD and Louise Ward, VIC
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CLINICAL ISSUES,RESEARCH & EVALUATION INFORMING PRACTICE,SERVICE DELIVERY, IMPLEMENTATION, Recovery, Social Inclusion
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: “Mental illness is a tough illness to survive, it is incurable but manageable. Living with the illness when at its full potency can disrupt your life at any moment.” Richelle Spence
Intensive care for patients experiencing acute psychiatric distress is an essential yet complex part of mental health services as a whole system. Psychiatric intensive care units remain a source of controversy; despite promising developments to health services incorporating recovery goals and processes outlined by people with a mental illness themselves. In past decades changes in the provision of mental health services have focused on the restoration of a meaningful and empowered life with choice and hope as a defining attribute of recovery. Yet, what does recovery mean and how are recovery principles accomplished in psychiatric intensive care arrangements for someone experiencing acute psychiatric distress?