Below you will find a list of resources that can support people in the process of recovery, their family members/supporters, and mental health professionals.

These documents provide practical guidance on transforming law, policy, and practice and can help empower people to find ways of flourishing and thriving with experience of mental health difficulties. They can aid the implementation of the Recovery Approach, assist in developing a more humanised mental health system, and help build a more inclusive, compassionate society.




The World Health Organization’s new “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice” publication:

Webinar from the launch of the publication:

Document on using lived experience in the workplace:

Policy document from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health to support the implementation of the recovery approach:

The HSE National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health:

Resources for Recovery Education in the HSE:

Practice guidance from the HSE on coproduction in mental health:

Journal articles


Beresford, P. (2015). From ‘recovery’ to reclaiming madness. Clinical Psychology Forum, 268, 16–20.

Deegan, P. E. (2002). Recovery as a self-directed process of healing and transformation. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 17(3), 5-21.

Eiroa-Orosa, F. J., & Garcia-Mieres, H. (2019). A systematic review and meta-analysis of recovery educational interventions for mental health professionals. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 46, 724-752.

Leamy, M., Bird, V., Le Boutillier, C., Williams, J., & Slade, M. (2011). Conceptual framework for personal recovery in mental health: systematic review and narrative synthesis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(6), 445-452.

Llewellyn-Beardsley, J., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Callard, F., Crawford, P., Farkas, M., Hui, A., … & Slade, M. (2019). Characteristics of mental health recovery narratives: systematic review and narrative synthesis. PloS one, 14(3), e0214678.

O’Keeffe, D., Sheridan, A., Kelly, A., Doyle, R., Madigan, K., Lawlor, E., & Clarke, M. (2018). ‘Recovery ’in the real world: service user experiences of mental health service use and recommendations for change 20 years on from a first episode psychosis. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 45(4), 635-648.

Pagdon, S., & Jones, N. (2023). Psychosis outside the box: a user-led project to amplify the diversity and richness of experiences described as psychosis. Psychiatric Services, 74(7), 760-763.

Stuart, S. R., Tansey, L., & Quayle, E. (2017). What we talk about when we talk about recovery: a systematic review and best-fit framework synthesis of qualitative literature. Journal of Mental Health, 26(3), 291-304.

Swords, C., & Houston, S. (2020). Exploring the concept of recovery in Irish mental health services: a case study of perspectives within an Inter-Professional team. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 20(1), 4, 31 – 46.

Van Weeghel, J., van Zelst, C., Boertien, D., & Hasson-Ohayon, I. (2019). Conceptualizations, assessments, and implications of personal recovery in mental illness: A scoping review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 42(2), 169-181.