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Where SRN came from

A number of factors led to the creation of the Scottish Recovery Network. From around the year 2000 people in Scotland were becoming more aware of efforts in other countries related to recovery, most notably the United States and New Zealand. In these countries what was called a ‘recovery approach’ was being used to influence positive change. At the same time there were an increasing number of people in Scotland who were sharing their personal experiences of recovery. People were using their story to inform, inspire and challenge. It was becoming clear that we had to listen much more carefully to this type of ‘lived experience’.

At that time recovery offered a more positive way forward based on a belief in people’s innate capacity for change. A network developed where people came together to talk and share ideas about recovery and to consider what we could do to promote the concept in Scotland.

Throughout this period the Scottish Executive’s [1] National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing included an aim to promote and support recovery. Members of the Network created a proposal for support from the National Programme and, as a result, SRN was formally launched in 2004.

“The panel agrees with Berzins (2006) view that the SRN will have a key role to play in the future of mental health improvement in Scotland, both through continuing to promote recovery-orientated approaches, and in using its awareness-raising capacity to influence training and research…”  [2]

[1] The Scottish Executive is now known as the Scottish Government.
[2] A Review of Scotland’s National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing, NHS Health Scotland, 2008.

Document links

iconA Review of Scotland’s National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing (390.83 kB)
icon Would Recovery Work in Scotland? (112.43 kB)
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