The promotion of wellbeing is a central political goal for social and public policy and emphasis has been placed on the promotion of building personal resilience. In this chapter it is argued that the principles of personal resilience promoted in health and social care professionals (positive, supportive relationships and networks, self-reflection, self-care, assertive communication and conflict resolution) bear a marked resemblance to those principles identified by service user and patient groups in their recovery journey (making contact with others, developing supportive relationships, self-care and being engaged in purposeful activity). This chapter will explore the commonalties between those who use services and the development of recovery and resilience building for mental health professionals. This chapter focuses specifically on mental health in Birmingham and the work of an inpatient care forum. This forum incorporates those who have used mental health services as well as health and social care workers and academics. It is maintained that this forum not only emphasises the ways in which members wear different hats but also the importance of exploring commonalities and the development of reciprocal relationships.
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