A significant positive development in the mental health field is growing recognition that most people can expect to recover or substantially improve from an episode of mental illness and that a diagnosis of mental illness is not a life sentence. There is considerable hope for people who have experienced mental illness and, as a consequence, the people and services that support them must reorient their focus toward recovery.

This Framework describes ways to promote mental health and reduce future episodes of mental illness for people who have been seriously affected by mental illness. It is designed to guide the development of local implementation plans, by presenting an agenda to enable the wider mental health care system—including all those people and services that support people who have experienced mental illness—to reorient toward recovery by incorporating self-management, mental health promotion, rehabilitation and relapse prevention into their approach.

Development of the framework

Scope

Definitions

Overview of the framework - the 4As

Principles underpinning the framework