To this point, recovery has been discussed as a concept, primarily. We have explored the history and the various shades of meaning attached to the idea. As Jacobson and Greenley address above, the specifics of what is done in recovery are another matter. There are a number of efforts to tie the idea of recovery (with the various ideas that might be attached to it) to actual action for, and on behalf of, individuals who are deemed to be psychologically abnormal. We will discuss some of these specific types of ‘recovery’ activities, paying special attention to the different shades of meaning attached to them. We will discuss ‘self-management’ of illness, consumer/user/survivor representation and involvement in the system, specific clinical approaches, treatments and other activities. We will also discuss the ways in which the mental health service research field has responded to ‘recovery’ and how that has intersected with a growing interest in ‘evidence-based’ practice in mental health.
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