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date: 29 March 2017

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The mental health recovery movement is described and then compared to positive psychology. Mental health recovery involves the personal ownership of the recovery process towards living a meaningful life despite having symptoms of mental illness. Recovery based services are part of mainstream mental health policy in most of the English speaking world. The Collaborative Recovery Model is presented as a framework to underpin recovery oriented service provision in mental health. Three examples are provided: a consumer, staff and organizational level interventions are provided to illustrate the need for systemic change in mental health services, utilizing positive psychological and positive organizational principles and practices- beyond discrete positive psychological interventions with individuals.

Keywords: positive psychology, enduring mental illness, mental health recovery

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