Seeing the big picture – The  Recovery Star

The Recovery Star looks at ten areas of your life:

  • Managing Mental Health
  • Physical health and self-care
  • Living skills
  • Social networks
  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Responsibilities
  • Identity and self-esteem
  • Trust and hope
The UK Mental Health Providers Forum in conjunction with Triangle Consulting developed the Mental Health Recovery Star and own copyright 2010 to this tool. Click on this link to find out more.

Helping you in your recovery
Recovery usually means changing things in a number of areas of your life so that things work better for you. Making changes isn’t easy but understanding how change works can help.
Many people who are recovering from mental illness have found it useful to think about recovery as a journey with different stages. They find it helps to think about which stage they are in and to get a picture of where they are on their journey. We use the Recovery Star to help in this. 

How we change things that aren’t working for us – the Ladder of Change
Everyone is different and it’s important to understand each person’s individual circumstances but the pattern of recovery is often similar. Consider the Ladder of Change.
At one end of the ladder is the feeling of being stuck – of not feeling able to face the problem or accept help.
From stuck we move to accepting help. At this stage we want to get away from the problem and we hope that someone else can sort it out for us.

Then we start believing – that we can make a difference ourselves in our life. We look ahead towards what we want as well as away from the things we don’t want. We start to do things ourselves to achieve our goal as well as accepting help from others.

The next step is learning how to make our recovery a reality. It’s a trial and error process. Some things we do work, and some things don’t, so we need support through this process.
As we learn, we gradually become more self-reliant until we get to the point when we can manage without help from a project.

Recovery isn’t necessarily a case of moving from the first point, to the last. Different people will be at different points and may move forwards or backwards as their circumstances change. Wherever you are on this journey, placing yourself on the ladder can help you see where you have come from, what your next step is and how we can best help you.



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