Recovery approach to mental health
The agencies in Powys who provide mental health services use a 'recovery approach' in their work.
'Recovery' is about helping people stay in control of their lives despite a mental health problem by building the resilience of people with mental health problems, and not just treating or managing their symptoms. The process may take a long time, and may not be smooth or predictable - it will vary from person to person. The main aim is to give hope that it is possible to have a meaningful life, despite serious mental illness.
The recovery model aims to help people with mental health problems to look beyond just 'surviving' and emphasises that, while someone may not have full control over their symptoms, they can still have full control over their life.
If a person's mental health problems mean that they are a danger to themselves or to other people, they may be detained under the Mental Health Act (1983)
If someone is detained, they have rights under the Act and (in Wales) under the provisions of the Mental Health Measure (2010).