Rethink Devon Community Opportunities provides short term, goal focused, one to one support through Assistant Mental Health Recovery Workers. They accept referrals from services as well as self-referrals. The initiative also facilitates peer support across Devon and people who have been through the initial one to one recovery support often go on use the peer support groups.
At the initial assessment meeting the person is helped to identify different aspects of their life, their interests and what they would like to work on. Following this the recovery worker and the individual discuss how best the goals could be achieved and create a support plan. As well as enabling the person to gain or regain skills in order to achieve their goals, sustainability is addressed through signposting and using community resources and activities so they can enjoy meaningful activities, social contact and a fuller life.
The service uses the ‘Recovery Pathways Menu’ that starts with initial coaching and goal setting using a framework of practical and gradual steps to having a fulfilling and enjoyable life. The second element is known as ‘mind-based pathways’, that is the therapeutic and training support needed to achieve identified goals and gain confidence and independence. As part of this the organisation uses the ‘Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), an approach to longer term mental health management developed by people with lived experience.
*This example was originally published in No Assumptions: a narrative for personalised, coordinated care and support in mental health, National Voices/TLAP, August 2014.