The table below provides three sample paragraphs (the introduction, one body paragraph and the conclusion) and the relevant source list from a student essay written for this unit in a previous semester, in response to a topic similar to the one you will be addressing. Minor editing changes have been made, but the content has not been altered. Within the paragraphs, language features have been highlighted with italics and APA style in bold.
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Recovery in a mental health context is poorly understood, largely due to the biomedical view of health that has been predominant until recently (Battersby & Morrow, 2012). Both clinical and personal recovery methods contain uniting factors that must be utilised in conjunction with each other to provide the most effective outcomes for the person with the lived experience of mental illness (Barber, 2012; Walker, Emmens, & Simpson, 2012). Firstly, this essay will discuss the differing experiences of a hypothetical client, Janet, introduced by Mary O’Hagan (2014). Secondly, it will explore the six principles of recovery as they are currently understood. Thirdly, it will investigate what personal recovery means to clients and their carers. Finally, it will overview clinical recovery and justify why both clinical and personal recovery are essential for those with the lived experience of mental ill health. Examples from the lived experience of Mary O’Hagan will be drawn upon throughout.
In order to implement these recovery principles, healthcare professionals must understand personal recovery and what this means to those with the lived experience. Recovery is deeply personal and highly individual (Walker et al., 2012). Consequently, there can be no singular definition of recovery. Instead, the healthcare professional must develop a rapport with their clients in such a way as to engage their trust and ensure that personal recovery is clearly defined for that individual (Beckett et al., 2013). Each client is the expert on their own recovery (Stanton et al., 2017). Recovery must be self-directed, and each client’s needs and personal journey should direct the care and provision of services to them. Saltzmann-Erikson (2013) reiterates that the care provided must be collaborative and process-oriented, not just a clinical mindset. Mary’s personal recovery at one point in her life included moving cities, finding employment and moving into her own apartment. This was not supported by her treating psychiatrist or her parents, with the note from her doctor stating, “Mary really hasn’t any plans” and that she is “running away from her failure and inability to adjust” (O’Hagan, 2014, p. 66). If the healthcare professional is not actively working towards the client’s individual goals with them, there is a higher risk that the client will cease to engage with the mental health services available (Newman, O’Reilly, Lee, & Kennedy, 2015). Mary depicts this quite clearly when she states that she does not trust her psychiatrist and is unable to
In conclusion, clinical and personal recovery have the same goal: for the individual to recover from their mental ill health. However, recovery is challenging to define and different for each consumer. Consequently, it is essential for the healthcare professional to understand these differences and attempt to unite their goals for the benefit of the consumer. Recovery is a universal principle; everyone will go through circumstances in life from which they must recover. The difference is that those with the lived experience of mental ill health also face stigma, social isolation and loss of self-identity. To combat these experiences, all healthcare professionals should be sensitive to the needs of clients with a lived experience of mental ill health and work collaboratively with clients and their carers towards full personal recovery.