The Scientific World Journal

Mental Health, Recovery, and the Community


Publishing date
07 Dec 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
28 Sep 2012

1Department of Orthopedagogics, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium

2Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435, USA

3Oxford Complex Needs Service, Oxford OX4 1XE, UK

4Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work, University College Ghent, 9000 Gent, Belgium


Mental Health, Recovery, and the Community

Description

The prevalence of mental health problems is high and increasing. Most psychiatric disorders are characterized by a chronic and complex nature and recurring episodes of acute symptoms. For decades, the treatment of mental health problems has been situated in residential services. Criticism on the so-called total institutions has led to the downsizing of institutions in favor of community-based services. Still, the number of psychiatric beds remains high but varies considerably from country to country. Deinstitutionalization is enhanced by the current scarcity of economic and financial resources and the increasing emphasis on participation, empowerment, recovery, and quality of life.

In reaction against what is perceived to be an overly narrow traditional biomedical model, the recovery movement emphasizes the importance of a client-centred approach, based on clients' perceived needs and goals. Instead of rehabilitation, in which clients' role in regaining control over their lives is often neglected, recovery focuses on the question how individuals can have more active control over their lives (agency). Recovery has been defined as “a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even with any limitations caused by illness.” It is characterised by a search for persons' strengths and capacities, satisfying and meaningful social roles, and mobilizing formal and informal support systems. Recovery has begun to have an influence in thinking more broadly about mental health and how social inclusion can be promoted. However, research on the concept of recovery and on evidence-based interventions to promote recovery remains scarce. Consequently, the objective of this special issue is to fill this gap.

We invite authors to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that have studied recovery and its correlates among various mental health populations. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualization of recovery
  • Sources of agency
  • Social determinants of mental health, recovery, and inclusion
  • Quality of life and mental health
  • Comorbid disorders (e.g., psychosis and substance use/disability) and recovery
  • The role of clients and professionals/services in recovery
  • Implementation and evaluation of (therapeutic) interventions

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/tswj/psychiatry/mhrc/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 493679
  • - Review Article

The Impact of Drug Treatment Courts on Recovery: A Systematic Review

Ciska Wittouck | Anne Dekkers | ... | Freya Vander Laenen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 926174
  • - Editorial

Mental Health, Recovery, and the Community

Wouter Vanderplasschen | Richard C. Rapp | ... | Eric Broekaert
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 491918
  • - Research Article

Quality of Life in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Problems: An Explorative Study

Filip Morisse | Eleonore Vandemaele | ... | Stijn Vandevelde
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 427817
  • - Review Article

Therapeutic Communities for Addictions: A Review of Their Effectiveness from a Recovery-Oriented Perspective

Wouter Vanderplasschen | Kathy Colpaert | ... | Stijn Vandevelde
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 180587
  • - Research Article

Experience of Wellness Recovery Action Planning in Self-Help and Mutual Support Groups for People with Lived Experience of Mental Health Difficulties

Rebekah Pratt | Andy MacGregor | ... | Lisa Given
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 825028
  • - Research Article

Informal and Formal Supports for Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda

Sofie Vindevogel | Michael Wessells | ... | Ilse Derluyn
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 657671
  • - Research Article

“Recovery Came First”: Desistance versus Recovery in the Criminal Careers of Drug-Using Offenders

Charlotte Colman | Freya Vander Laenen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 496579
  • - Review Article

Rediscovering Recovery: Reconceptualizing Underlying Assumptions of Citizenship and Interrelated Notions of Care and Support

Caroline Vandekinderen | Griet Roets | ... | Geert Van Hove
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 820846
  • - Research Article

Mental Health Recovery: Evaluation of a Recovery-Oriented Training Program

G. K. M. L. Wilrycx | M. A. Croon | ... | Ch. van Nieuwenhuizen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 232619
  • - Research Article

Recovering from Hallucinations: A Qualitative Study of Coping with Voices Hearing of People with Schizophrenia in Hong Kong

Petrus Ng | Ricky W. K. Chun | Angela Tsun
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