Refocus on Recovery 2019


Refocus On Recovery 2019 will have four themes:

Theme 1: Mental health and human rights

Implementation and evaluation of QualityRights Toolkit initiatives. System transformation towards a focus on human rights. Strategic litigation and progressive jurisprudence. Advocacy and guardianship. The economic case for institutional transformation. Participatory politics. The impact of ethical frameworks on policy and practice. Rights of families, children and young people.


Theme 2: Supporting recovery through services

Theoretical foundations and first-in-field implementation of new approaches for individuals, family members, staff and systems. New frontiers, e.g. digital and machine learning approaches, innovations in acute mental health care. Process and outcome evaluations of effectiveness and economic evaluation of resource consequences for pro-recovery interventions, e.g. Recovery Colleges, Housing First, No Force First, personal ombudsperson, dialogical approaches, Soteria houses.


Theme 3: Supporting recovery through communities

What is ‘community’ in relation to recovery? Community asset mapping, community development and community connections. Services led by or with local communities. Changing roles and responsibilities between mental health / social care public sector and wider society. Co-production of services. Citizenship and inclusive societies. Insights from public mental health and ‘dementia-friendly communities’ initiatives about developing recovery-friendly communities.


Theme 4: Recovery and power

The limits and frontiers of the recovery ‘movement’. Mental health in times of austerity. Popular resistance movements. Social inequality as a driver of ‘mental ill-health’. Addressing stigma in society and services. Learning from Mad Studies and peer-led research. Theoretical foundations for, and evaluations of, peer-led and peer-run services. What recovery means for groups with low power, e.g children, people with intellectual disabilities. Supporting recovery in resource-poor countries and marginalised populations.