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Discuss the differing experiences of a hypothetical client

NRSG210: Oriented Mental Health Practice- Nursing Essay Writing Assignment


The table below provides three sample paragraphs (the introduction, one body paragraph and the conclusion) and the relevant source list from a student essay written for this unit in a previous semester, in response to a topic similar to the one you will be addressing. Minor editing changes have been made, but the content has not been altered. Within the paragraphs, language features have been highlighted with italics and APA style in bold.

Essay text:


Recovery in a mental health context is poorly understood, largely due to the biomedical view of health that has been predominant until recently (Battersby & Morrow, 2012). Both clinical and personal recovery methods contain uniting factors that must be utilised in conjunction with each other to provide the most effective outcomes for the person with the lived experience of mental illness (Barber, 2012; Walker, Emmens, & Simpson, 2012). Firstly, this
essay will discuss the differing experiences of a hypothetical client, Janet, introduced by Mary O’Hagan (2014). Secondly, it will explore the six principles of recovery as they are currently understood. Thirdly, it will investigate what personal recovery means to clients and their carers. Finally, it will overview clinical recovery and justify why both clinical and personal recovery are essential for those with the lived experience of mental ill health. Examples from the lived experience of Mary O’Hagan will be drawn upon throughout.

From the perspective of the individual with mental illness, recovery means gaining and retaining hope, understanding of ones abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and a positive sense of self.

It is important to remember that recovery is not synonymous with cure. Recovery refers to both internal conditions experienced by persons who describe themselves as being in recovery -hope, healing, empowerment and connection – and external conditions that facilitate recovery -implementation of human rights, a positive culture of healing, and recovery-oriented services. (Jacobson and Greenley, 2001 p.482)

The purpose of principles of recovery oriented mental health practice is to ensure that mental health services are being delivered in a way that supports the recovery of mental health consumers.

These recovery principles have been adapted from the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Recovery Principles in the UK.
1. Uniqueness of the individual
2. Real choices
3. Attitudes and rights
4. Dignity and respect
5. Partnership and communication
6. Evaluating recovery

Sandy Jeffs has used poetry, and storytelling to share her lived experience of mental health and illness.

She is a prize-winning poet and author who has lived with schizophrenia for 35 years. Thisfilm was created by George Clipp for Tell Me A Story, a digital storytelling project of Something In Common and the Australian Human Rights Commission

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