The Mental Health Recovery Movement

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The mental health recovery movement has played a prominent role in shaping of mental health care, policies, and ideology. In December of 1999, The U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher released a groundbreaking report, the first of its kind, that called for all mental health care to be "consumer oriented and focused on promoting recovery", with recovery being described as "not limited to symptom reduction but . . . restoration of a meaningful and productive life" (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1999, p. 455). In 2004, “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a consensus statement on mental health recovery based on the New Freedom Commission’s recommendation that public mental health organizations …show more content…

One positive aspect is the instillation of hope. Solomon (2004) explains that the instillation of hope occurs through positive self-disclosure. This positive self disclosure demonstrates to “the service recipient that it is possible to go from being controlled by the illness to gaining some control over the illness, from being a victim to being the hero of one 's own life journey” (Davidson, Bellamy, Guy, & Miller, 2012, p 125). In addition to instilling hope, certified peer specialists can be seen as role models. As Davidson et al. (2012) explain this role modeling function can be expanded to include “self-care of one’s illness and exploring new ways of using experimental knowledge or street smarts in negotiating day-to-day life” which can include dealing with limited income resources, unstable housing, overcoming stigma, discrimination and trauma. In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, the use of certified peer specialist may also be associated with reducing the overall cost of mental health treatment. Research by Chinman, Weingarten, Stayner, & Davidson (2001) has suggested that utilizing peer supports has decreased hospitalization rate along with shortening hospital stays which can be considered one of the most expensive parts of mental health treatment. Several studies have also provided evidence that utilizing

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