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While there is no universally accepted definition of recovery, one definition, often referred to as the “recovery model” argues for the importance of building the resilience of people with mental health problems and supporting their identity and self-esteem.
A report published in 2005 titled ‘Recovery, self-management and the expert patient: changing the culture of mental health from a UK perspective’ highlights it is a strength-based approach that does not focus solely on symptoms and which emphasises resilience and control over life’s challenges. This model aims to help people with mental health problems move forward, set new goals, and take part in relationships and activities that are meaningful.
WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN (WRAP)
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.
EXERCISE & MENTAL HEALTH
Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
|VIDEO – The Effects of Exercise on Mental Health
Video Length: 1 mins 25
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
The 5 steps to wellbeing have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation and include:
|VIDEO – Five Ways to Wellbeing
Video Length: 1 mins 25
NUTRITION & MENTAL HEALTH:
There is evidence indicating that nutrition plays an important role in the prevention, development and management of mental il health.
|VIDEO – How to Manage your Mood with Food
Video Length: 3 mins 23
ACTION FOR HAPPINESS
The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone’s path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people’s happiness and well-being.
|Giving – Do things for others|
|Relating – Connect with people|
|Exercising – Take care of your body|
|Awareness – Live life mindfully|
|Trying Out – Keep learning new things|
|Direction – Have goals to look forward to|
|Resilience – Find ways to bounce back|
|Emotions – Look for what’s good|
|Acceptance – Be comfortable with who you are|
|Meaning – Be part of something bigger|
|POSTER – 10 KEYS TO HAPPIER LIVING
Source: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Action for Happiness provides monthly calendars which are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.
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