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Dr. Lena Hann

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Education

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Mental health in the United States affects 1 in 5 people every year. It is a serious public health problem because it interferes or limits life activities substantially. Not only does mental ill health decrease quality of life for those suffering from it, it also creates barriers to healthy lifestyles and increases risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Battling mental illness from multiple different aspects allows individuals to reach full recovery faster. Through observation of client problems and daily stressors at Transitions Mental Health Services in Rock Island, lack of knowledge about resources, options, and educational tools was identified. By using the transactional model of stress and coping, harm, stress, trauma, and other barriers that occur when battling mental health problems were identified in the population. This deliverable project created a holistic health approach to recovery. By providing an educational tool kit of recovery, the results culminated with the re-establishment of emotional well-being, healthy behaviors, and increased the functional status of each client at Transitions. Using theory based intervention plans along with well-researched information regarding recovery plans; people suffering from mental ill health will use this information in order to maintain the highest level of functioning in their everyday lives. This educational tool kit is also formatted specifically to be updated as new research emerges on the topic of holistic approaches to recovery.

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Recovery as a Journey, not a Destination: Providing Those Who Suffer from Mental Health with Holistic and Multifaceted Recovery Options

Mental health in the United States affects 1 in 5 people every year. It is a serious public health problem because it interferes or limits life activities substantially. Not only does mental ill health decrease quality of life for those suffering from it, it also creates barriers to healthy lifestyles and increases risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Battling mental illness from multiple different aspects allows individuals to reach full recovery faster. Through observation of client problems and daily stressors at Transitions Mental Health Services in Rock Island, lack of knowledge about resources, options, and educational tools was identified. By using the transactional model of stress and coping, harm, stress, trauma, and other barriers that occur when battling mental health problems were identified in the population. This deliverable project created a holistic health approach to recovery. By providing an educational tool kit of recovery, the results culminated with the re-establishment of emotional well-being, healthy behaviors, and increased the functional status of each client at Transitions. Using theory based intervention plans along with well-researched information regarding recovery plans; people suffering from mental ill health will use this information in order to maintain the highest level of functioning in their everyday lives. This educational tool kit is also formatted specifically to be updated as new research emerges on the topic of holistic approaches to recovery.