Narratives of Recovery from Mental Illness : The role of peer support
Using a narrative approach, this book presents detailed recovery stories of 26 people who received various diagnoses of `mental illness' and were involved in a mutual help group known as `GROW'. Drawing on an in-depth analysis of each story, chapters offer new understandings of the journey into mental distress and a progressive entrapment through a combination of events, feelings, thoughts and relationships. The book also discusses the process of ongoing personal liberation and healing which assists recovery, and suggests that friendship, social involvement, compassion, and nurturing processes of change all play key factors in improved mental well-being.
This book provides an alternative way of looking at `mental illness' and demonstrates many unexplored avenues and paths to recovery that need to be considered. As such, it will be of interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work and occupational therapy, as well as to service providers, policymakers and peer support organisations. The narratives of recovery within the book should also be a source of hope to people struggling with `mental illness' and emotional distress
- Hardback | 158 pages
- 159 x 235 x 15.24mm | 386g
- 12 Aug 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 3 Line drawings, black and white
Other books in this series
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30 Sep 2015
18 Nov 2016
13 Jan 2018
04 Mar 2015
05 Jan 2017
Table of contents
Eugene Egan, The Institute of Mental Health Blog
Read the ful review: https://imhblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/book-review-narratives-of-recovery-from-mental-illness-the-role-of-peer-support-by-eugene-egan/
Reading these stories it strikes me that I have, indeed, been hopeful in my own way. Each turn I have deliberately taken in my life has involved new and exciting thoughts about the future. That's a product of hope. Each life-change has also involved support from many other people. Mutual help is very much part of a healthy mental health process as outlined in the book.
Padraig O'Morain, The Irish Times, November 5, 2017
Read the full review: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/narratives-of-hope-in-mental-illness-1.3275055
About Dr. Agnes Higgins
Agnes Higgins has worked in the area of mental health practice and education for over thirty years and is currently is Professor in Mental Health at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She is involved in a number of research projects that are advancing understanding of the recovery experiences of people who experience mental health problems, as well as providing templates of collaborative and empowering research methods.