Lanarkshire Recovery Network

"People can and do recover from even the most serious mental health problems. Recovery means being able to live a good life, as defined by the person, with or without symptoms". (Scottish Recovery Network, 2004)

Since the launch of the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) in December 2004, representatives from NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire Links, North and South Lanarkshire Councils, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH), the Richmond Fellowship, and Equals Advocacy have been meeting to focus on co-ordinating efforts to promote recovery and challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in Lanarkshire.  This is being done through the distribution of recovery materials, organising events, delivering presentations and influencing the design and delivery of mental health services in Lanarkshire.  

Due to an increase in demand, and an incredible willingness to get involved to ensure recovery is at the heart of national and local mental health strategies, a Lanarkshire Recovery Network (LRN) was launched in June 2008 and today there are currently around 1,000 people receiving news about activities, events and opportunities to get involved via the Elament e-bulletin every two months. 

The LRN Steering Group is hosted by Lanarkshire Links, service user and carer involvement organisation.  The Steering Group brings together a range of agencies and supports the work of national partners, SRN and See Me Scotland, to:

  • Make recovery from mental ill-health a reality
  • Challenge the sigma and discrimination associated with mental ill-health
  • Help create the conditions where recovery can flourish
  • Grow a Movement for Change here in Lanarkshire to ensure people with lived experience of mental health challenges are empowered and are enabled to take a more active part in the community

LRN is an inclusive, supporting and empowering network that is open to anyone interested in recovery from mental health problems and in challenging mental health discrimination.  Membership is free and current members engage with the network in a variety of ways. 

If you have a passion for making recovery a reality, challenging mental health stigma and discrimination and would like to be kept up to date with activities across Lanarkshire please go to ‘getting involved’.

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