Taking Steps

One of the primary aims of psychosocial recovery is to support people to take control of their experience of recovery, to adapt to their changed circumstances and move towards renewal.

Community-led recovery is built from the individual up. People are supported to voice and exercise their preferences and choices and have meaningful input into their individual recovery process.

An important part of the cycle is where people are able to plan, set achievable goals and take their first steps towards recovery.

What supports people to take those first small steps?

Information and Resources – people need the right information at the right time, and access to basic resources that provide enough stability for them to take those first steps

Links to goods and services – When people are ready to take those first steps they need to have access to all of the goods and services that they need to support them as they begin to slowly re-shape their future. Goods may include – household and white goods etc. Services may include – legal, financial, insurance, building, consumer protection services, counselling, welfare and health services, G.P. and psychological services. Having knowledge and connections to these services prior to disaster events makes it easier to link people in when they need it.

Achievable solutions – People under stress may need support to prioritise goals and work out plans to achieve solutions. The key message is to work towards goals… one step at a time!

Scaling tools – Scaling is a very simple way to help people to recognise and reflect on their achievements, no matter how small. Scaling allows people to experience that change is already happening even in the midst of recovery.

Evaluation – On the long recovery road, goals and plans often need to be very flexible. Take some time to evaluate and re-evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken and the goals that people are working towards