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Sustained Recovery: Mental Health Relapse Prevention

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report published in 2019 said that 7.5% Indians suffer from some kind of mental disorder or the other. Mental illnesses amount to one-sixth of all health-related disorders. Facts revealed that India accounted for nearly 15% of the worldwide mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders.

However, the problem lies in the humungous treatment gap that is precipitating the prevalence of mental health issues in the country. Not all patients suffering from any mental health issue approach treatment interventions. By the end of 2021, approximately 20% of the Indian population will be facing mental health issues.

Prevalence of mental illnesses in our country stems from denial and hesitation to seek help. Mental health problems are curable. However, taboo based on age-old stigmas, prejudices, and fear has come in the way of people going for treatment in India.

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) – an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has revealed in their findings of a nationwide study in 2015-2016— that almost 150 million Indians required active intervention out of which only 30 million were receiving it.

Lancet Global Health Study of 2016 says, suicides between the age group of 15 and 34 years are mainly due to mental health problems. A recent study published in the medical journal mentions concerns of anxiety, anger, sleep disturbances, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are due to the psychological impact of quarantine. And they warn of a grim situation if effective treatment programs are not initiated on time.

Research emphasizes that early interventions during any initial psychotic episodes have shown improvements in patients.

How Sustained Recovery and Relapse Prevention Therapy improves mental health?

While recovery is the main priority for mental health patients, but achieving sustained recovery should be the goal. In order to achieve this, a group of mental health professionals in Brent has designed an approach that blends the principles of sustained recovery and relapse prevention (SRRP) promising new hope of avoiding relapse in patients.

The SRRP recovery model focuses on the development of new meaning and purpose in patients’ lives so they can move beyond the damaging effects of mental illness. The underpinning principle supports living ‘normal’ lifestyles such as interacting with family and friends, going for education or to work, pursuing hobbies, contributing to the community, developing intimate relationships, or expressing spirituality, despite encountering episodes of mental illness. Patients are of the view that impetus should be on interventions to prevent relapsing and sustain recovery. 

SRRP training therapy 

When patients were introduced to SRRP training therapy to foster their engagement, they realized how recovery and relapse prevention can deliver more sustained outcomes through an open exploratory session. This ensures patients and their families connect with the therapy and understand the potential benefits before making a voluntary decision to engage with future sessions. Here are some of its elements:

  • Engagement
  • Introduction to SRRP
  • Understanding the ideas of lapse and relapse
  • Identifying High-risk situations and warning signs
  • Managing stress
  • Identifying and Managing faulty thoughts
  • Exploring lifestyle changes
  • Exiting the SRRP Therapy

Most of the patients found the approach beneficial and easy to apply in their daily lives. They experienced positive changes after practicing this therapy consistently. SRRP therapy has proven to be effective and can be offered individually or in structured group sessions.  It also includes counseling and skills training sessions that teach patients how to manage their condition and prescribed medications, enabling them to stay well and prevent relapse.

Recover easily with Athena!

Being a top mental health and de-addiction center in India, Athena understands the complications and the setbacks of mental patients. By including effective treatment programs for relapse and other mental health issues, we make sure that our patients recover easily without facing any negative consequences. Reach us on our 24/7 helpline number – 9289086193 or chat online to get further details about our treatment.