Recovery based models

One of our key research priorities is:
The effectiveness of a ‘Recovery’ based model for the veteran population, including a wider focus on employment and debt management.

Recovery-oriented practice, popularised in the 1990’s and 2000’s, refocuses mental health services from ‘treat and cure’ to a more holistic and person centred approach. It advocates service users regaining control and agency, hope for the future, and a better quality of life in the face of ongoing mental health symptoms. The ‘Recovery’ based model incorporates employment, welfare and well-being support alongside other direct mental health and clinical interventions, and is an approach which resonates with the Forces in Mind Trusts’ aim to support successful transitions to civilian life for ex-Service personnel and their families.

The importance of this model was reiterated in FiMT’s ‘Call to Mind’ (2015) report, which was commissioned in collaboration with NHS England and Community Innovations Enterprise. The report highlights the difficulty of accessing and receiving the right mix of services where veterans have complex and multiple needs; for example, mental health problems are often seen to co-exist with other social issues in areas such as debt, employment and relationship breakdown, as well as other physical and mental health-related issues. The report illustrates a framework for improvement, which suggests developing a more holistic, fully integrated and seamless service pathway, linking the various health and social care services (read the report, particularly pages 35-36, and 40-41).

The Mental Health Research Programme is interested in receiving applications for research which evaluates or explores the effectiveness of recovery-based models for ex-Service personnel and their families.