Recovery is often defined as a process in which you take an active part in getting as well as you possibly can be: accepting unavoidable limitations and focusing on the many possibilities of what you can do to lead a satisfying life. Recovering and humanistic care forfeeling better after an episode of mental illness is more likely if you know where to go and what treatment and support you are entitled to. This Factsheet gives a summary of what sort of services are available to help you do this.
Many of us do strongly believe that mental health recovery is possible, and is a goal that we all will head towards, in spite of whatever be the nature of the illness. Many Australians do not believe that recovery from mental illness is possible. This of course, is a myth. Evidence suggests however, that over 70 % of people with mental health problems recover and get on with their lives (WA Mental Health Commission).
At MARSAI clinic, we constantly focus on recovery as the ultimate goal for our journey. We close many patients file every year, as they seem to get along with their lives, and leave behind some interesting stories of their battle with their illnesses. ‘The outcome defines the process,’ as the philosophers say. We believe in this principle.
At our clinic, we believe in HUMANISTIC CARE principles. This follows the Jaspers and Oslers’ Medical Humanism’ model. We believe in the following:
One of the main important petals of this flower is BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, which is what we doctors often deal with. But that is not enough to effectively ‘heal’ the afflicted.
We do believe in the principle: “The social power to define and categorize another person’s experience is not a power to be ignored. … in order to support persons who are trying to recover, we must attend to the fullness of their experiences, and not be distracted by their medical diagnoses.” McGruder 2001. At MARSAI, we work in the SPIRIT of TOTAL HEALING, and will go the extra yards with our patients to take them to their goal, ‘full recovery from their mental health issues’.
Our pricinples are:
- Promote a culture of HOPE
- Promote autonomy and self-determination
- Collaborate with patient, families, carers and all significant others
- Holistic and personalised care
- Responsiveness to diversity
- Reflection and learning
- Share personal stories
Dr Guha uses an easy to follow, narrative approach, during his consults. It entails – ‘telling your story’ and then reflecting on it to analyse the ‘needs’, ‘complexities’, ‘responses’, ‘meanings’, and then formulate some ‘action plans’ to follow. Everything about one’s life is discussed, as everything about the person is considered important.
Dr Guha matches his eclectic and unique style of interviewing to engage in his analysis and therapy. The therapy is time bound, but often addresses patient concerns and issues within the time allocated. Confidentiality is maintained. Dr Guha says –‘what is told in the room, stays in the room’.
If you have a complex mental health issue, and feel your journey to recovery is not where it should be, please get a referral and come to our clinic. We promise ‘nothing’, but will try and do ‘everything’ possible for you. We want to be part of your ‘story’. The ‘success story’.