Mental illness is often framed as a disease just like any other, which can create confusion between cure and recovery. The assumption that recovery can only mean cure ignores the growing body of evidence showing that a person can recover a meaningful and satisfying life without being cured of the symptoms of mental illness. Research and practice are starting to show that an orientation toward recovery is essential for making better use of healthcare resources, improving individual outcomes and reducing symptoms.
The December 4, 2012 Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) session of Improvement On Call explores what people with lived experience have known for some time: that with hope, support and empowerment from others, recovery is possible and likely.
Kimberly Chenier, Horizon Health Network
Kimberly Chenier is the Program Coordinator of Mental Health Recovery Services and PEER 126, part of Horizon Health Network’s Saint John area Addiction & Mental Health Services. Kimberly grew up on a small farm outside of Bathurst, New Brunswick and received her diploma in nursing as Valedictorian from L’École d'infirmières de Bathurst School of Nursing followed by a Baccalaureate in Nursing from the University of New Brunswick. She began her career in 1982 at the Saint John Regional Hospital, working in radiation oncology, emergency medicine and labour and delivery. She went on to work within the field of research heading a New Brunswick initiative, which led to her work in Atlantic Government Affairs. Kimberly has over 30 years of progressive nursing, research and administrative experience within both the health-care system and private sector. She is currently responsible for several grants and the development and implementation of young adult addiction and mental health services within the Greater Saint John, New Brunswick area.
Sean Kidd, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Sean Kidd is the Head of the Psychology Service in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Schizophrenia Division and is an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Kidd's interests include examining mechanisms of resilience among marginalized persons and the effectiveness of psychiatric rehabilitation interventions. His past work has focused on Assertive Community Treatment, policy and service development for homeless youth, and the delivery of recovery-oriented services.
Stephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI
Stephen has more than 15 years experience in research, policy development, knowledge exchange, partnership development and advocacy in the health sector. Prior to CFHI he was director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 2004 to 2010 and manager of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information from 2000 to 2004. Before moving to Ottawa in 2000, Stephen was a health research and policy consultant in British Columbia, where he worked for the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, the BC Workers Compensation Board and others.
Stephen has a strong interest in health research and policy, population health and evidence-informed policy development to improve Canada's health systems and ultimately the health of Canadians. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.