Recovery Model

At STEER we understand that recovery is a personal and unique process, and each person develops his or her own definition of recovery. However, certain concepts or factors are common to recovery and STEER promotes all of the following:


Having a sense of hope is the foundation for ongoing recovery from mental health difficulties. Even the smallest belief that
we can get better, as others have, can fuel the recovery process.


STEER supports the strategic use of medication but opposes the over reliance of the medical model. For example, to ease the pain caused by anxiety and too much crying. It is a natural way of relieving tension without taking any drugs.


Empowerment is the belief that one has power and control in their life.


Our clients frequently report that being able to interact with others who understand their feelings and experiences is the most important ingredient for their recovery. Support from carers, peers, family, friends and mental health professionals is essential to recovery.


In order to maximise recovery, it is important to learn as much as possible about our mental health needs, best treatment
practices, alternative therapies and available resources.


Self·help can take many forms including reading and learning about our condition and its treatment, learning and applying coping skills, attending support groups and developing a support system to rely on when necessary. It also includes learning to identify symptoms and take actions to counteract them.


A broad definition of spirituality is that it's a partnership with one's higher power.

Employment/Meaningful Activity

Employment/meaningful activity affords most clients the opportunity to regain a positive identity, including asense of purpose and value.