Medium secure services need a recovery academy

Tammi Walker and colleagues extol the benefits of focusing on a better future even for people who are detained in secure services

Recovery is a personal journey of discovery. It involves making sense of and finding meaning in what has happened, becoming an expert in self-care and building a new sense of self and purpose in life.

Mental health services can help people in this journey, but it requires services to move beyond a focus on symptom reduction, to helping people rebuild lives that they find satisfying, meaningful and valued.

This change is reflected in the key outcomes of the mental health policy strategy No Health Without Mental Health (Department of Health 2011)

Secure care recovery

Recovery in a secure hospital can be difficult, because individuals are detained under the Mental Health Act and have less control over their lives while in hospital. Other people can hold the keys, decide when they can come and go, and even decide when they have


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