Sean Russell Director of West Midlands Mental Health Commission. #MyRecovery
What does recovery mean to you?
Many people will experience poor mental health at some point in their life.
For some people this will last only a short time, others may live with poor mental health their whole life.
Regardless of its length or severity gaining ‘recovery’ from poor mental health is important to the person themselves and their family and friends.
Recovery will mean different things to different people.
Some people might experience recovery as a sense of feeling more positive and enjoying things that they had stopped getting pleasure from. For another person recovery might mean getting back to work while for someone else it might be about becoming more independent, getting out of the house more or giving something back to their local community.
The NHS, Birmingham City Council and many community and charitable organisations in Birmingham offer help and support to people who experience poor mental health.
Working together we want to make sure that people don’t just ‘survive’ mental illness but thrive, getting the most out of life. We want to make sure that all services put helping people recover at the heart of what they do.
Understanding what recovery means to people will help us change the way that we support people and families to do this.
You can find out more about recovery and support services by visiting The Waiting Room
I know will-power plays a big part but the support we provided via The Waiting Room Resource Key has been priceless for him. Aston Fire Station recently shared TWR keys amongst their team leaders for further distribution across their patches.
One Team Leader told us
“I issued 27 keys in total to managers of the HMO’s owned by Midland Living” – their feedback was excellent.
The HMO’s are occupied by people who have serious support needs for various substance misuses and use of violence.
The managers have stated that the keys have been invaluable for signposting and they will continue to use them.
I have visited the HMO’s myself and chatted with some tenants about the Resource Keys – they tell me that a lot of the time it’s knowing where to get help, which the key has been invaluable for.
I have seen the effects of the key first-hand with a tenant who is now two months clean after using the key to access a range of support.
He is now doing voluntary work at the HMO to keep his mind occupied and maintain his well-being.
I know willpower plays a big part but the support we provided via The Waiting Room Resource Key has been priceless for him.
I truly believe that these keys have helped with the rehabilitation of some of our most vulnerable and will certainly continue using them.”