Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the release of the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice.

Hope. Dignity. Inclusion.

The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice is the first comprehensive Canadian reference document for understanding recovery in practice and promoting a consistent application of recovery principles across the country at a policy, program and practice level. The release of the Guidelines is another significant milestone in taking action on Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

While the Guidelines are directed at a wide audience that includes people living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families, they are designed especially for individuals who can help make the practical, organizational and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice were developed after extensive consultation and draw on the many existing pockets of excellence across the country. They provide guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diverse needs of people living with mental health problems or illnesses, whatever their condition, background, circumstance or stage of life.

We encourage you to share this document widely and start a conversation about mental health and recovery. Together we can advance recovery-oriented practice in Canada.

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