Dialogue for Recovery: New Website
Mental Health America has created a completely new Dialogue for Recovery website for consumers and family members. Dialogue for Recovery is a Mental Health America program aimed at educating consumers about prevalent mental health conditions, treatment options and quality of life issues affecting their recovery. It brings together in one place the messages people need to hear and the things they need to know to take the journey to recovery from mental illness.
Recovering from mental illness includes not only getting better, but achieving a full and satisfying life. "People with mental health conditions today can look forward to getting effective treatment, finding support and recovering full and meaningful lives," said Dr. David Shern, president and CEO of Mental Health America.
Dialogue for Recovery teaches partnership between consumers and mental health professionals. Getting to a diagnosis, exploring treatment options and getting effective help all require good two-way communication between consumers and professionals. The website has practical suggestions on how to find and select mental health providers, questions to ask, and how to make dialogue happen.
The website is full of proactive steps that people with mental health conditions can take to further their treatment, support and recovery. Those steps start with tools for recovery to make the process easier. They continue with many ideas for self-care, from relaxation and adequate sleep to building strong connections with others. And the site is unique in bringing together practical advice and ideas of many aspects of living that mental illness affects. These include relationships, parenting, spirituality, education, housing, money management and employment.