ILLNESS MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY (IMR)
In December 2007, a new Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Programme was introduced. This is a structured programme which originated in the US as an evidence-based practice. It consists of 5 modules covering the following areas:
- Introduction to the concept of Recovery.
- Understanding of one’s own diagnosis.
- Medication Education.
- Social Support.
- Coping with stress and reducing relapses.
The modules consist of instructions and lessons by Registered / Trainee Counselor; with group discussion and sharing of experiences; reflections and workbook exercises. The programme generally takes 8 sessions, which the frequency of the sessions will be based on the needs and availability of the group. Duration of each sessions will be 1.5 – 2 hours.
Since December 2007, Illness Management and Recovery programme (IMR) was introduced in MMHA. IMR is a psycho-social education programme aimed primarily at helping those who are mentally ill to recover and specifically at:
- Learn to understand one’s mental health condition.
- Learn methods to cope with distressing symptoms and stress.
- Learn to communicate and verbalize problems.
- Learn to manage one’s own emotions.
- Understand the role of medications, and recognize relapsing symptoms.
- Set goals for recovery, and return to society.