Lindy is an award-winning inspirational speaker who delivers Presentations, Training & Coaching throughout the UK, Middle East & Asia on the topic of Recovery Coaching & Empowerment in Mental Health.
Mental Health and the way it is managed is changing throughout the UK. The traditional way of managing mental illness is through what is known as the ‘Medical Model’, which just means that most mental health practitioners believe that mental disorders have a biological cause that cause symptoms, which are then analysed in order to make a diagnosis. Treatment under this model will usually be in the form of medication. This approach is still the most common across all health boards, but it has been criticised for (amongst other things) its ‘deficit focus’ approach.
This means that in order to try and diagnose a person with mental illness, the clinician will focus on the symptoms, problems, and everything that is ‘wrong’ with the person in an attempt to understand the illness and come up with the best treatment plan. However while this approach can be helpful, especially at particular stages of a mental illness, it is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution, and worldwide we are seeing higher incidences of mental health problems than ever before, suggesting the current way we treat mental illness needs revisited.
In the past 10 years or so, a number of ‘Recovery’ models of mental health have been developed, mainly by service-users and these models have been gaining momentum and attention from within the world of Mental Health, with more and more studies popping up to try and show the positive effects of this type of approach in the treatment of mental illness.
The Strengths-Based Approach believes that all people with mental health problems have resilience & strengths, and that these can be utilised to support recovery. This means the Recovery Coach will take into account an individuals skills, competencies and talents and will use these as the starting block to develop a management plan. At its core, lie the principles of hope, self-management, empowerment and a belief on the part of the practitioner that every individual living with mental illness has the potential to step out of the shadow of mental illness, and live a worthwhile and fulfilling life.
Recovery Coaching to support people who are living with mental illness is a relatively new but exciting concept, which marries up the principles of Life Coaching with the principles of the Strengths-Based Approach, and works towards building a supportive and effective Recovery Programme for those who are at a stage in their illness where they want to take more control and responsibility over their wellbeing.
Please note: If you are a service user this does not mean you should stop taking your medication or ant other treatment in favour of Recovery Coaching. However, if you are interested in exploring this approach, you should speak to your mental health team as they will be in the best position to advise you on your next steps.
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