Mike Slade, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion at University of Nottingham and Chair of the European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH), presented a mental health Refocus on Recovery event to 60 plus delegates at the Welcome Centre in Coventry.
Staff and peer volunteers at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, service users and carers were treated to an all day workshop by Mike Slade. The day focused on the Refocus approach in Recovery and provided an opportunity for reflection on the values and attitudes of the approach.
The event was hosted by the Recovery and Wellbeing Academy and the MERIT Vanguard. The Academy offers a learning approach to mental health recovery and wellbeing that complements existing services provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind in the county.
In common with those elsewhere in the West Midlands, people in Coventry and Warwickshire who experience mental health problems can take advantage of learning opportunities from the Recovery and Wellbeing Academy, to be able to live well despite their illness.
Stacy Cooper, Recovery and Wellbeing Academy Lead, said: “It was a great Recovery focused day learning about the Refocus approach from a leading expert in the field, Professor Mike Slade. Over 60 staff and volunteers attended from across the Trust services and gave glowing feedback about the day.”
“The Refocus approach recognises that recovery is an intensely personal journey, where each individual is able to define their own recovery objectives. For example, in recovery some people may experience a total absence of symptoms, but others may have to learn to live with their symptoms but may feel well enough to live a life they consider fulfilling. That’s where the Recovery and Wellbeing Academy comes in.”
The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy is a catalyst of the Recovery ethos and offers a wide range of FREE courses and workshops designed to empower people in recognising their skills, abilities and resources and learning to become experts in their own mental health recovery and wellbeing.
To find out more about the Recovery and Wellbeing Academy and the courses it offers; visit recoveryandwellbeing.covwarkpt.nhs.uk