Scottish Recovery Network

The SRN contributed this selection of video and text materials on mental health.

Journeys of Recovery : stories of hope and recovery from long term mental health problems

This booklet of short narratives of recovery has been derived from the research project: "Recovering Mental Health in Scotland. Research project" (Brown, Wendy, and Kandirikirira, Niki. 2007). The stories are summaries from research interviews conducted with individuals who are in recovery from long term metal health problems. (en)

Routes to recovery : collected wisdom from the Scottish Recovery Network narrative research project

This short booklet has been derived from the research report: "Recovering Mental Health in Scotland. Report on Narrative Investigation of Mental Health Recovery" (Brown, Wendy, and Kandirikirira, Niki. 2007).

It is intended to highlight some of the strategies that people indicated had supported their mental health recovery journey.

Recovery and community connections

This is one of a series of discussion papers designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland. Traditional approaches to supporting people with significant mental health problems have tended to make little use of people's connections with their local communities. Yet communities have strengths and attributes which are an important part of recovery which this paper considers.

Researching recovery from mental health problems

This is one of a series of discussion papers designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland. It discusses some of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research and argues that qualitative methods are suitable for the generation of rich, narrative accounts of lived experiences that may aid the identification of factors promoting recovery.

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recording. Episode 2

Episode Two of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories 'There is more to me than my Mental Health', 'Paving my Own Way' and 'JR and Sue Ellen'. The narrative was derived from an interview conducted as part of the 'Recovering mental health in Scotland' (2007) for the Scottish Recovery Network. It was collaboratively written by interviewer and interviewee and is available in print form in the 'Journeys of recovery' booklet produced by the SRN .

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recordings. Episode 3

Episode Three of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories 'Tracky bottoms and trainers versus make-up and heels', 'Coming out of the fog' and 'Psychotic and proud'. The narrative was derived from an interview conducted as part of the 'Recovering mental health in Scotland' (2007) for the Scottish Recovery Network. It was collaboratively written by interviewer and interviewee and is available in print form in the 'Journeys of recovery' booklet produced by the SRN.

Journeys of Recovery. Audio recording. Episode 1

Episode one of the Scottish Recovery Network's Journeys of Recovery podcast features the stories Bring on Las Vegas and the Pink Cadillac!, The House that Recovery Built and It's Never Too Late.

The narrative was derived from an interview conducted as part of the 'Recovering mental health in Scotland' (2007) for the Scottish Recovery Network. It was collaboratively written by interviewer and interviewee and is available in print form in the 'Journeys of recovery' booklet produced by the SRN.

Mental health, recovery and employment

This is the fifth in a series of discussion papers designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland. This paper is not a review of the literature, but aims to encourage discussion and action around supporting people with long-term mental health problems to gain and sustain suitable employment, which in 'the mental health world' should go hand in hand with the development of recovery orientated services.

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) Evaluation of Recovery Approach

SAMH is recognised as the largest charitable organisation in Scotland in mental health services providing accommodation, support, information, training, 
employment, and day services. The organisation has expanded its services to work with those experiencing substance misuse and homelessness. 

SAMH commissioned an independent evaluation of its adoption of a  strategic recovery approach into the organisation, its ethos, services and partnerships. The evaluation assesses how the formation of the recovery team has impacted on SAMH changing to a recovery focussed organisation.