Guiding Principles

Principle I: Partnership

People direct their own recovery process, therefore their input is essential and validated throughout the process without fear:

  • A spirit of partnership and collaboration is supported throughout the person directed planning process.
  • A team approach will be utilized to support each person to make educated decisions on their own behalf.
  • All interactions will be supported through equality and mutual respect.

Principle II: Empowerment, Choice and Personal Responsibility

With support and education, people are independent and free to accept responsibility for their own recovery:

  • People know themselves best and are encouraged to guide their own recovery.
  • People are provided with options and supported to make decisions based on what they identify and prioritize as their own goals, wants and needs.
  • People are provided options and choices, not final answers.
  • People are free to voice their concerns and make their own decisions regarding programs, activities and treatment without being labeled.

Principle III: Respect, Dignity and Compassion

Each person has unique strengths, attributes, and challenges. Symptoms and illness are only one part of a person’s experience and is not what defines them:

  • Individuality is appreciated and validated.
  • Everyone’s beliefs, spirituality, culture and religion are honored.
  • Sensitivity to each person’s challenges and circumstances guide the support they are offered.

Principle IV: Hope and Optimism

Recovery is an ongoing process in achieving mental wellness. Relapse can be a natural part of the recovery process that all people can relate to and can learn from:

  • People will be reminded that there are no limits to recovery and reassured that mental wellness is possible and probable.
  • People are encouraged to reflect and make informed decisions.
  • Hope is essential. Even during relapse it lays the groundwork for healing to begin.

Principle V: Self-Acceptance, Personal Growth and Healing

Mental wellness is possible, in part, through self-awareness and acceptance. Personal forgiveness, self-confidence and self-esteem foster the healing process:

  • People have opportunities to learn about themselves, not as defined by their illness or by the way others view them, but based on insight and self exploration.
  • Through education about recovery, available resources and treatment options, people can change, grow and heal.
  • Every person is supported to live a full, meaningful and productive life as defined by themselves.
  • All successes, no matter how small, are recognized and celebrated.

Principle VI: Support

No person goes through life alone. We all rely on someone to talk to and people who care. Supportive teams will work together to create a “safety net.”

  • Recovery from mental illness is most effective when a holistic approach is utilized.
  • Family and friend involvement may enhance the recovery process. Each person defines their own family unit and support team.
  • Peer to peer support is one of the most powerful and helpful tools for recovery.
  • Creativity is key; support persons will work to offer creative solutions and options to meet a person’s needs.
  • All efforts will be made to keep people in their community, utilizing natural supports during wellness and crisis.

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