Professor Mike Slade introduces Refocus on Recovery 2017

Refocus on Recovery 2017 is an exciting international scientific conference which is coming to the Institute of Mental Health. It is the largest regular scientific conference on recovery in the world, and will take place on 18-20 September 2017. This is the first time the conference has been held outside London, and we know Nottingham will do us proud!

The conference is all about recovery for people with mental health problems, and is presenting world-leading research about how people can live well with illness. It is being organised by the Institute of Mental Health, School of Health Sciences (University of Nottingham), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, ImROC, Making Waves and Mental Health Foundation.

Keynote speakers come from the UK (Steve Gillard, Isabella Goldie, Jayasree Kalathil, Anu Singh, Mike Slade) as well as from India (Manoj Kumar), Canada (Kwame McKenzie), Germany (Jasna Russo) and Norway (Mark Hopfenbeck). We will also hear from Jenny Edwards (Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation) and Ruth Hawkins (Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

It promises a great opportunity for learning and networking. For the three previous Recovery conferences, around 500 people came from 25 countries.

There is a lively social programme, as well as the Gala Dinner, we have exciting creative opportunities such as the boomwhacker percussion energiser event, a ‘Story Shop’ offering a range of stories from people with lived experience and more….

The conference has four themes:

Theme 1: Recovery for different groups: The meaning of, and support for, recovery in long-term conditions (physical and mental). Recovery in marginalised groups, e.g. culturally-sensitive services. Understanding and supporting recovery in mental health systems, e.g. Open Dialogue, REFOCUS, Individual Placement and Support. Organisational and individual influences on Peer Support Workers, including the meaning of ‘peer’.

Theme 2: Re-situating recovery: Engaging with culture and community to make recovery a reality. Mainstreaming recovery, and links with other community initiatives, e.g. dementia-friendly communities. The role of family and supporters – what is a family in recovery? Improving access, e.g. digital interventions. Recovery Colleges as a bridge between mental health system and community. Insights from Mad Studies about recovery.

Theme 3: Prevention of mental ill-health: Supporting the development of resilience in individuals and communities. Creating inclusive communities. Inter-sectoral understandings of stigma and discrimination. National and local anti-stigma campaigns. Supporting self-management, including peer-led approaches. The role of inter-dependence. The impact of language and embedded assumptions. Developing new narratives, e.g. Mad lit, Photovoice.

Theme 4: Allocating resources: How money is spent, and with what effect. Service models and structures which foster or hinder recovery. Co-production and co-development approaches. The role of volunteers. Providing services in resource-poor settings. The contribution of health and social policy to recovery. The impact of legislation and commissioning arrangements.

Get on board!

  • Find out more about the expert workshops and the conference at com/ror2017
  • Submit an abstract (don’t miss the deadline: 28 February 2017).
  • Come along – register now, with a limited number of reduced rates for ‘early bird’ registrations.
  • Spread the word! This is such a great opportunity we don’t want to keep it to ourselves. Please feel free to send a link to this blog or the website to colleagues who may be interested.
  • Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag (#RonR2017).

We hope to see you there.

Mike Slade is Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion at the University of Nottingham, based in the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and working at the Institute of Mental Health.

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