Guidelines for recovery-oriented practice: Hope dignity inclusion

The Guidelines have been written to provide a comprehensive Canadian reference document for understanding recovery and to promote a consistent application of recovery principles. They seek to build a common understanding, shared language and knowledge about recovery in order to: Provide a conceptual framework to help transform culture and practice. Promote the centrality of supporting […]

Evaluating a recovery-oriented intensive outpatient program for veterans at risk for suicide

Background: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and suicide risk is elevated among military veterans. Risk for suicide is inherently transdiagnostic, complex, and multifaceted, which means a comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach to risk mitigation is required. Aims: Our aims were to summarize findings from an evaluation of an interdisciplinary, recovery-oriented intensive outpatient program […]

‘It’s really about wellbeing’: A Canadian investigation of harm reduction as a bridge between mental health and addiction recovery

Recovery is a key concept driving system transformation in both the addiction and mental health sectors, with shared roots in advocacy and a shared focus on hope in the face of stigma, self-determination and meaningful lives. Nevertheless, while mental health recovery is possible even with on-going symptoms, addiction recovery generally starts with or leads to […]

Evaluation of the Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health-Veterans Enhanced Treatment suicide risk modeling clinical program in the veterans health administration

Objective  To determine associations with treatment engagement, health care utilization, suicide attempts, safety plan documentation, and 6-month mortality. Design, Setting, and Participants  This cohort study used triple differences analyses comparing 6-month changes in outcomes after vs before program entry for individuals entering the REACH VET program (March 2017-December 2018) vs a similarly identified top 0.1% suicide risk […]

Suicide-related disclosure: Implications for inclusion and recovery

Purpose People who have lived experiences with suicide often struggle with concealable stigmatized identities that threaten their inclusion and recovery. While disclosure of a stigmatized identity can promote support and recovery and therefore prevent suicide, it may also present distinct risks. The purpose of this paper is to summarize key issues in suicide-related disclosure, suggest […]

Experiences of a recovery-oriented caring approach to suicidal behavior: A single-case study

Research considering the basis for mental health nurses wanting to enable recovery among people who suffer from suicidal behavior is sparse. The aim of this study is to explore and evaluate how a new recovery-oriented caring approach (ROCA) was experienced by a suicidal patient in a context of close relatives and nurses. A single-case study […]

Recovery from past suicide attempts: Correlates of time since the last attempt in a national sample of US adults

Background This study takes a lifetime perspective on suicide attempts and examines correlates of years since the last attempt as a potential proxy for recovery from suicidality. Methods Data from 36,309 adults in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions-III were used to identify 1,924 respondents (5.3%) who reported a lifetime suicide attempt. […]

Factors associated with recovery in Aboriginal people in Canada who had previously been suicidal

To explore factors associated with recovery from suicidal ideation among Aboriginal peoples living off reserve in Canada. Recovery is defined as being free of serious suicidal thoughts for the past year. Data for this study came from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, a nationally representative sample of Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are living off-reserve. […]

Storytelling of suicide attempt recovery and its relationship with mental health treatment-seeking attitudes and behaviors: An experimental study

Objective: This experimental study investigated if watching a brief video detailing an individual’s recovery following a suicide attempt increased college student mental health treatment-seeking attitudes and resource engagement more than viewing a psychoeducational video about suicide. Participants: Undergraduate student participants (N = 218) completed the study online. Methods: Participants were randomized to see either the storytelling or one of two narrated psychoeducation […]

Self-injury age of onset: A risk factor for NSSI severity and suicidal behavior

This study replicates and extends prior work by examining how age of Non Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) onset relates to NSSI severity, suicidal behavior, perceived recovery from NSSI, and protective factors of life satisfaction, resilience, and subjective happiness. University students who reported engaging in NSSI within the past year (n = 644) completed on-line questionnaires assessing NSSI characteristics, […]

“I think I am worth it. I can give up committing suicide”: Pathways to recovery for Chinese-Canadian women with a history of suicidal behaviour

This qualitative study explored the experiences and patterns of recovery of Chinese-born women living in Canada with a history of suicidal behaviour. It explores a number of dimensions of recovery including clinical, existential, functional, physical, and social. The women described engaging in “survival” recovery in the short term and “thriving” recovery in the long term, […]

Caring for the suicidal person: A Delphi study of what characterizes a recovery-oriented caring approach

More research is needed for supporting mental health nurses in their caring for suicidal individuals. This study aimed to describe what characterizes a recovery-oriented caring approach, and how this can be expressed through caring acts involving suicidal patients and their relatives. Delphi methodology was used, and research participants were recruited as experts by experience to […]

Life in recovery from addiction in Canada: Technical report.

It is becoming increasingly understood that recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a personal journey comprising many different pathways (Kaskutas et al., 2014; Kelly & Hoeppner, 2015; Notley et al., 2015; White, 2007). In an effort to gain an understanding about the experiences of individuals in recovery from addiction, a number of countries have […]

Exploring the meaning of recovery from recurrent suicide attempts.

A qualitative Grounded Theory approach was used to investigate the transition away from recurrent suicide attempts. We used a criterion convenience sampling strategy (Patton, 1992). Qualitative interviews were face to face and transcribed word for word. Quantitative interviews provided an overview of symptom severity in the areas of identified deficits for people with recurrent suicide […]

Association between changes in risk factor status and suicidal ideation incidence and recovery.

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A journey toward health & hope.

Guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. Includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with.

Living with a black dog: His name is depression.

Living with a Black Dog is perhaps the most useful book ever created about depression. In simple text and strongly supportive illustrations, this slim volume examines, explains, and demystifies one of the most widespread and debilitating problems afflicting modern society(from review).