Is self-directed mental health recovery relevant for children and young people?

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Consumer-directed, personal recovery-oriented mental health services are now the focus of mental health policies around the globe. However, there has been minimal debate about how the approach applies to young people. This study sought to address this gap through a Delphi approach, using three rounds of surveys, to gain a convergence of opinion from Australian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) practitioners regarding the relevance of personal recovery for children and adolescents. The findings suggest that concepts of personal recovery are appropriate for a young population. However, parents and carers are integral to the mental health recovery journeys of young people, either directly as guardian/decision-maker and/or indirectly through the impact of caring for a young person with mental health problems. Further exploration of the relevance and application of personal recovery in the context of young people is warranted, particularly from the perspectives of adolescents, younger children and carers of young people with mental health problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-673
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • adolescent
  • child
  • Delphi technique
  • mental health recovery
  • psychosocial support systems

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