Mental Health

Recovery and social inclusion

In mental health, the word ‘recovery’ has two meanings. The first involves clinical recovery – when someone ‘recovers’ from the illness and no longer experiences its symptoms. The second involves personal recovery: recovering a life worth living (without necessarily having a clinical recovery). It is about building a life that is satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable. 

Our recovery and social inclusion theme is led by Professor Mike Slade of the University’s Institute of Mental Health. We carry out research that aims to promote the personal recovery and wellbeing of people who have experienced mental health problems.

Project focus

Our projects focus on the way in which mental health services are organised; developing training for mental health professionals and new interventions that support personal recovery and wellbeing. We also develop measures that can be used to inform clinical practice and aid the evaluation of new therapies and treatments.

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Meet our researchers

Professor Mike Slade 

Mike is Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. Until October 2015, he was a Professor of Health Services Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in South London.

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