Recovery

We are committed to providing recovery focused mental health services in Kent that help recovery and social inclusion.

If you access our mental health services we will ensure you receive support and assistance at the right time and in the right place.

What is recovery?

Recovery is the process through which we find ways to live a meaningful life, with or without the ongoing symptoms of a condition.

It is a very personal journey of discovery that involves making sense of what has happened and becoming an expert in our own care, discovering and utilising our own resourcefulness.

It has three key principles:

  • hope - pursue your personal goals and ambitions
  • control - maintain a sense of control over your life and symptoms
  • opportunity - it is possible to build a life beyond illness.

Our principles of recovery

  • The main aim in recovery is for you to take control, make choices and develop a sense of self worth and hope
  • Recovery is a unique process because everyone is different - it's a personal journey
  • Recovery involves you accepting responsibility for your own wellness
  • Recovery is about engagement and inclusion, taking part in your community, engaging in vocational, education and leisure interests and enjoying life
  • Recovery requires an approach which considers your psychological, social, environment, spiritual and physical needs.

Recovery self help

The following ten ideas may help to relieve your symptoms:

  • Talk to a friend
  • Talk to a health professional
  • Relaxation and stress reduction exercises
  • Healthy eating - what you eat affects how you feel
  • Do something 'normal' like washing your hair, shaving or going to work
  • Contact help lines
  • Wear something that makes you feel good
  • Do something that makes you laugh
  • Get some little things done
  • Do something special for someone else.

Daily maintenance plan

There are a number of small things you can do each day which may help you. These could be included in a daily maintenance plan:

  • Eat three healthy meals and three healthy snacks
  • Drink at least six glasses of water
  • Avoid caffeine, sugar, junk foods and alcohol
  • Exercise for at least half an hour
  • Get exposure to outside light for at least half an hour
  • Take medications
  • Have 20 minutes of relax time or meditation time
  • Write in a journal for at 15 minutes
  • Spend at least half an hour enjoying a fun or creative activity
  • Get support from someone you can be real with
  • Check in with yourself; how am I doing physically, emotionally, spiritually?
  • Go to work if it's a work day.

Improving engagement in care planning

KMPT's dedication to fully engaging our service users in developing their care plan has been long established and formed part of the commitments that the Trust made in the Customer Care Charter.

One of our five commitments was to ‘Involve you in planning your care’.

Watch our Care Plan Assessment Review - Role Play video: