Rehabitation psychiatry: what patients say

In this section you can find out more about what rehabilitation psychiatry is, who it is for and see what individuals with lived experience say about it.What is rehabilitation psychiatry and who is it for?

Rehabilitation is described by people with lived experience as " a service to help people recover from the difficulties of longer-term mental health problems. It aims to support people who still find it difficult to cope with everyday living and to get with other people. It aims to help people deal with problems of living, to restore their confidence and living skills and to help them live as independently as possible."

It is a service for adults with complex psychosis who may have experienced several admissions to avute mental health wards. These acute settings cannot always offer what is needed to allow them to move on and recover.

The overarching principles of rehabilitation are:

  • To be embedded within local mental healthcare services
  • To provide a recovery-orientated approach for patients, with shared goals and a sense of optimism
  • To deliver person-centred care through collaboration and shared decision making
  • To offer the least restrictive environment, supporting progress to greater independence
  • To recognise that some people need supported accommodation in the long term.

What the patients say

We've worked with patients and carer representatives to gather stories from people with lived experience of rehabilitation services.

The stories that were shared with us highlight some important themes about rehabilitation, which you can access below.

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