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Issue 27 - November 2018
Jean Jeff ries is an
Expert by Experience
In relation to your wellbeing,
please give us a little bit of
background on your mental
I'm a retired nurse and midwife.
I also taught at University of
Birmingham. I have used my own
experience of depression to help
the Trust recruit people and to audit
teams through inspections.
Name three things that help to
keep you well.
Walking my dog Bonnie in the
park and exercise classes at the
retirement village where I live. I'm
a Christian and I enjoy organising
Bible classes where we can study
and understand the Bible.
Where do you feel most
comfortable and why?
I like going out for meals. I'm in a
lovely club where we have monthly
trips out. We go for high tea at
some beautiful houses and get
treated like royalty around a long
table. The hosts really look after us
and entertain us. It's the highlight of
Our Trust has a brand new Recovery
for All Strategy. This strategy was
co-produced by the Recovery for All
Steering Group, which is a group of
service users, carers and families,
and staff members.
The strategy lays out how we will
fulfi l our Trust ambition to champion
mental health wellbeing and support
people in their recovery. Our purpose
is to contribute to supporting service
users and their carers and families
in their recovery to enable people
to 'live lives worth living', connected
The aim of the Recovery for All
Strategy is to promote a recovery
culture in all of our services by
embedding recovery principles and
practices across the organisation.
To do this, we will listen to and work
alongside service users, carers
and families, staff and stakeholders
to develop and create a range of
recovery opportunities for people
with lived experience.
Key to the strategy are the
• Recovery means empowering
service users, their carers and
families through knowledge.
• Recovery is a journey not a
• Recovery is leading a satisfying
life with the capacity to meet
• Recovery means people fulfi lling
their potential, and belonging to a
community regardless of mental
• Recovery is individual, is focused
on the whole person, and built
on people's strengths and
The full strategy can be found
here on our website:
New Recovery for All Strategy
Interested in getting involved in our Recovery for All work?
We are looking for service users, carers and family members to join us
as experts by experience in a number of diff erent activities to implement
the Recovery for All Strategy. Opportunities range from attending steering
group meetings, informal forums, undertaking mental health awareness
campaigning, to talking to staff and students about your experience, and
developing Recovery College for All firstname.lastname@example.org in how you
can get involved, please contact the recovery team:
email@example.com or call 0121 301 3992.