Mental health recovery: lived experience of consumers, carers and nurses

Sini Jacob, Ian Munro, Beverley Joan Taylor

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Background: Mental health recovery is a prominent topic of discussion in the global mental health settings. The concept of mental health recovery brought about a major shift in the traditional philosophical views of many mental health systems.
Aim: The purpose of this article is to outline the results of a qualitative study on mental health recovery, which involved mental health consumers, carers and mental health nurses from an Area Mental Health Service in Victoria, Australia. This paper is part one of the results that explored the meaning of recovery. Methods: The study used van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenology to analyse the data.
Findings: Themes suggested that the cohort had varying views on recovery that were similar and dissimilar. The similar views were categorised under two processes involving the self, an internal process and an external process. These two processes involved reclaiming various aspects of oneself, living life, cure or absence of symptoms and contribution to community. The dissimilar views involved returning to pre-illness state and recovery was impossible.
Conclusion: This study highlights the need for placing importance to the person's sense of self in the recovery process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • mental health recovery
  • nursing
  • consumers
  • carers
  • lived experience

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