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Who we are

Our Recovery Team provides community-based services for adults with mental health problems in St Helens.

Recovery-focused care involves a change in focus from managing problems and symptoms to focusing on strengths and goals for the future - helping you to be in control of your own life, and seek opportunities beyond your condition.

Putting recovery into action is about focusing on building your mental strength and resilience, not just on treating or managing your symptoms.

There isn't one single meaning of the word 'recovery' for people with mental health problems but a lot of the time it focuses on hope and the belief that it is possible to live a meaningful life, despite having a serious mental illness.

Who is our service for?

Our service is for adults with long-term mental health needs that would be best met by secondary mental health services. This includes people with mental health problems like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression.

Make an appointment to see your GP. He or she will be happy to work with you to help you to manage mild to moderate symptoms of mental ill-health outside of secondary services. 

It might be that you do need more specialised support. If so, your GP can make a referral to your local Assessment Team on your behalf, who will assess your mental health needs and will be able to refer you onto us if they think we can help. 

When you first join our service, you will be assessed by a member of staff from the Recovery Team. After this assessment, we will work with you to put together a care plan.

Your care plan may include one single type of treatment, for example cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or it may include a number of different types of treatments. This may change over time but it will be explained to you and you should always be involved in making any decisions about your care. 

You will have the chance to complete a recovery plan, either on your own or with a member of staff. The recovery plan explores the mental health experiences you have. It builds on your strengths and skills and helps you to develop new ones with the aim of improving your quality of life and your ability to live your life well.