Mental Health Resources in Langley

24 Hour Crisis Line 604-951-8855
Langley Mental Health Centre 604-514-7940
Langley Memorial Hospital 604-534-4121
24 Hour BC Nurse Line 811
24 Hour Information Line 211

Helpful Web Sites

BC Schizophrenia Society www.bcss.org
Early Psychosis Intervention www.psychosissucks.ca
GVSS Shelter List www.gvss.ca/Directory.html
Fraser Health Authority www.fraserhealth.ca
Mood Disorders Association of BC www.mdabc.net
Mental Health & Substance Use Information www.heretohelp.bc.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division www.cmha.bc.ca

Definitions of Recovery

Recovery is not the same thing as being cured. For many individuals it is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and productive life even with limitations caused by the illness; for others, recovery means the reduction or complete remission of symptoms related to mental illness.
Source: Out of the Shadows at Last, the Kirby Report, p.42, 2006
'Recovery' is usually taken as broadly equivalent to 'getting back to normal' or 'cure', and by these standards few people with severe mental illness recover. At the heart of the growing interest in recovery is a radical redefinition of what recovery means to those with severe mental health problems. Redefinition of recovery as a process of personal discovery, or how to live (and to live well) with enduring symptoms and vulnerabilities opens the possibility of recovery to all. The 'recovery movement' argues that this reconceptualisation is personally empowering, raising realistic hope for a better life alongside whatever remains of illness and vulnerability.
Source: The Rediscovery of Recovery: Open to all, Glen Roberts and Paul Wolfson

Principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation

  1. Psychosocial rehabilitation practitioners convey hope and respect, and believe that all individuals have the capacity for learning and growth.
  2. Psychosocial rehabilitation practitioners recognize that culture and diversity are central to recovery, and strive to ensure that all services and supports are culturally relevant to individuals receiving services and supports.
  3. Psychosocial rehabilitation practitioners engage in the processes of informed and shared decision-making and facilitate partnerships with other persons identified by the individual receiving services and supports.
  4. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices build on strengths and capacities of individuals receiving services and supports.
  5. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices are person-centered; they are designed to address the distinct needs of individuals, consistent with their values, hopes and aspirations.
  6. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices support full integration of people in recovery into their communities, where they can exercise their rights of citizenship, accept the responsibilities and explore the opportunities that come with being a member of a community and a larger society.
  7. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices promote self-determination and empowerment.  All individuals have the right to make their own decisions, including decisions about the types of services and supports they receive.
  8. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices facilitate the development of personal support networks by utilizing natural supports within communities, family members as defined by the individual, peer support initiatives, and self and mutual-help groups.
  9. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices strive to help individuals improve the quality of all aspects of their lives, including social, occupational, educational, residential, intellectual, spiritual and financial.
  10. Psychosocial rehabilitation practices promote health and wellness, encouraging individuals to develop and use individualized wellness plans.
  11. Psychosocial rehabilitation services and supports emphasize evidence-based, promising, and emerging best practices that produce outcomes congruent with personal recovery. Psychosocial rehabilitation programs include program evaluation and continuous quality improvement that actively involve persons receiving services and supports.
  12. Psychosocial rehabilitation services and supports must be readily accessible to all individuals whenever they need them; these services and supports should be well coordinated and integrated as needed with other psychiatric, medical, and holistic treatments and practices.

(Source: PSR Canada)