National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health 

EVE's Journey 

The National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (launched 20th November 2017) builds on the committed efforts in recent decades of Irish service users, family members, carers and service providers to develop a more recovery-oriented mental health service that is worthy of those who use and provide that service.

EVE, on foot of this launch, . Over the last 20 years EVE has strived to create an environment which supports people in becoming the driver of their own recovery. EVE took the opportunity to mapp the framework onto the services it provides to indviduals with mental health difficulties with the aim of tell our ongoing story of service transformation through the lens of the HSE’s National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (2018-2020). In our poster, we propose to storyboard our journey thus far, lessons learned along the way and the resources we have developed that support us offer contexts for recovery through our network of 21 services across CHO’s 6, 7 & 9.

In 2003, the Irish Advocacy Network facilitated a strategic planning event for service user, staff and stakeholders from which emerged our first co-produced EVE Strategic Plan 2004-2007. Together we started a conversation about recovery and acknowledged the need to develop our services based on the key principles of partnership, empowerment, advocacy, inclusiveness, dignity, respect, quality and independence. Initially, we supported the development of Clubhouse, a quality-assured evidence-based programme, which gave us a vehicle through which we learnt how to operationalise recovery principles in practice. Critically, it also fuelled the organisational culture shift required to imbue confidence in both service users and staff that the development of recovery-oriented services was possible.

Subsequent co-produced Strategic Plans have focussed on addressing the development of recovery-oriented programmes (developing new Clubhouses, HUB programmes and Vocational Training programmes), governance structures, competencies (WRAP and Co-facilitation skills) and evaluation tools (e.g. Recovery Context Inventory) to support the evolution of our services.  Our current strategic priority is to support people claim their citizenship, reconnect with their communities and promote wellness.  We believe that our role is to offer contexts for recovery that enable and empower people to achieve this ambition and enjoy the life of their choosing.


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