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RECovery of Adults living with Depression and psychosis in Europe

Mental illness affects around 27% (83m.) of Europeans annually (European Social Work, 2013). The European Mental Health Action Plan for 2010-2020 provides for inclusion policies at a national level encouraging policymakers to support the transition towards community-based mental health care.

In mental health, recovery may not always refer to the process of complete recovery from a mental health problem such as depression or psychosis, in the way that we might recover from a physical health problem. Recovery can mean different things to different people, however, for many, recovery is about the realization of goals, and the development of relationships and skills that support a positive life, with or without mental health problems.

While there is no universally accepted definition of recovery, one definition, often referred to as the “recovery model” argues for the importance of building the resilience of people with mental health problems and supporting their identity and self-esteem.

The Erasmus+ project RECADE adopted the strength-based approach that did not focus solely on symptoms and which emphasized resilience and control over life’s challenges.