The re-covering self: a critique of the recovery-based approach in India’s mental health care

Clement Bayetti, Sushrut Jadhav, Sumeet Jain

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Abstract

This paper critiques recent initiatives for deploying the Recovery Model in the Indian sub-continent. It traces the history and growth of the model, and questions its applicability for mental health care in the Indian sub-continent. The authors argue that mental health professionals in this region are at the crossroads of a familiar past: either to uncritically import and apply a Euro-American 'recovery' model or re-configure its fundamental premise such that it is embraced by the majority Indian population. The paper proposes a fundamental re-think of existing culturally incongruent 'Recovery Models' before application in India’s public mental health and clinic settings. More crucially, policy makers, clinicians and researchers need to reconsider the local validity of what constitutes 'recovery' for the very people who place their trust in State mental health services. This critical reappraisal, together with essential culturally-sensitive research, is germane to prevent yet again the deployment of culture-blind programmes and practices. Addressing these uncontested issues has profound implications for public mental health in the Global South.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-909
Number of pages20
JournalDisability & the Global South
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016

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