As I·ROC shows, many areas of life impact on our wellbeing. Our networks, safety, skills and feelings about the future can be both the cause of our difficulties, and our route to recovery.
The following recent items from the news touch on two of the twelve wellbeing indicators that I.ROC uses to measure recovery – self management and physical health.
The Scotsman: Helping others to help themselves is the best approach for social care
Writing in The Scotsman, Sara Redmond from the ALLIANCE says self management is vital for a well functioning health and social care system.
As we approach the 10 year anniversary of the publication of ‘Gaun Yersel, A Self Management Strategy for Scotland’, the ALLIANCE hosted a summit with delegates from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It aimed to answer the question: What can collaboration across the UK’s four health and social care systems teach us?
Redmond says the summit showed that in Scotland self-management is a core driver behind much health and social care policy. But across all four nations there is a wide gap between policy and practice.
Redmond recognises that health and social care are under considerable strain. But rather than seeing this as a threat, she says we could use it as an opportunity. For Redmond, collaboration is vital. She says the ALLIANCE is working with others from across the UK to champion the stories that shift practice and gather the evidence needed for change.
Read more at: scotsman.com
The Guardian: Mental health? It’s in the mind and the body, too
Rachel Kelly says it is wrong to deny the link between physical and mental health.
She points to British scientists who began testing a radically new approach to treating schizophrenia based on emerging evidence that it could be a disease of the immune system. But using her own experience, and pointing to research, Kelly says there is a clear link between mental and physical wellbeing.
Once we accept this union, she says it becomes clear that we should talk about health – all in. We need to look more to underlying causes, many of them physical - sedentary lives, junk food, hectic days. And treatment needs to reflect this - what promotes good cardiovascular, endocrine and musculoskeletal health also promotes good mental health and vice versa.
Read more at: theguardian.com
You can also find out more about what we mean by recovery here: irocwellbeing.com/aboutrecovery
Credit: Robin Murphy