Capacit-e Mental Health Recovery Suite

Do you believe that recovery from mental illness is possible?
What helps someone maintain hope, identity and connectedness?
How can you support someone to make choices or take risks?
Does the language you use limit and exclude or challenge, empower and inspire?

The Capacit-e Mental Health Recovery Suite is a fantastic resource for organisations, mental health and community workers, people with mental health conditions, their friends, family and colleagues. It will fundamentally change the way you view mental health recovery and what it takes to support your own or another’s recovery. Explore concepts and tools and challenge preconceptions through a range of learning activities and videos, including personal stories of recovery.

Who is this for:
  • New and existing mental health workers
  • Consumer or carer peer workers
  • Professionals from non-mental health sectors
  • Families, friends and carers of people experiencing mental health conditions
  • People with lived experience of mental health conditions

Course topics

Understanding Mental Health RecoverySupporting Mental Health RecoveryUnderstanding Mental Health Recovery
What is recovery language?Why is recovery important?Mental health recovery myths
The power of languageRecovery as a journeyWhat is mental health recovery?
Intent vs impactSupporting wellbeingWhat does mental health recovery look like? 13 characteristics of recovery
Recovery-oriented languageRecovery tools for consumers and supportersWhat does mental health recovery involve? CHIME
Person-first languageThe importance of supporting choiceDifferent approaches
Preferred languageSelf-reflection
Language and stigma

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop awareness of intention and potential impact of choice of words when speaking about, or to, a person or group of people
  • Demonstrate respect by using a persons’ preferred terms
  • Improve use of language by avoiding terminology that could be discriminatory or stigmatising
  • Improve ability to identify a person’s or a supporter’s tools that are important to recovery
  • Improve interactions when supporting a person living with a mental illness
  • Develop skills in supporting choice in mental health recovery
  • Encourage self-reflection on practices when supporting mental health recovery
  • Improve interactions with people living with a mental illness through awareness of basic mental health recovery concepts.
  • Develop an understanding of the difference between modern recovery approaches to mental health compared to more traditional approaches

Technical requirements

  • Best viewed on Desktop/Laptop
  • Windows: Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 1+, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5+
  • Mac: Safari 3+, Firefox +, Google Chrome
  • AND Flash Player 10 or later (