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Mental health: Six steps to sustainable recovery

We can sometimes be too quick to think that a young person is recovered from a mental health problem. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers six steps to supporting sustainable recovery from mental health issues

One of the easiest mistakes to make when supporting a young person who has been struggling with mental ill health, is to take our foot off the pedal too soon.

When weight is restored, scars are healed or dependence on drugs or alcohol has ceased, we can be forgiven for thinking our work here is done. In truth though, this can be the hardest time of all; in the early stages of recovery we are often having to learn new ways of thinking and behaving, we’re fighting the urge to return to unhealthy coping mechanisms and our sense of self can be pretty fragile if we’ve been labelled by our illness for some time.

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