Recovery: a selective review of the literature and resources

Published on Feb 25, 2010in Mental Health and Social Inclusion
· DOI :10.5042/MHSI.2010.0068
Jerome Carson10
Estimated H-index: 10
(South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust),
Gordon McManus2
Estimated H-index: 2
Anant Chander2
Estimated H-index: 2
(South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
There has been a huge increase in the literature and resources devoted to the topic of recovery. Unusually in the mental health field, recovery is a concept that has been embraced by service users, professionals, mental health planners and governments. In this review, the authors offer a selection of what they feel are the top 10 on the topic of recovery in the following categories: journal papers; policy papers and reports; books; and websites. Gordon McManus gives his personal thoughts on his reading around recovery. The review ends with some reflections on the topic.
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Mental health services are being urged to embrace new approaches. Jerome Carson and Lorraine Gordon ask whether enough is being done to help staff understand the implications for practice.
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