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The common purpose of the Whole Person,Whole Life-Whole Systems Approach should be to build access to services and opportunities for people in all aspects of their lives.
This can be done by building a system that meets the Whole Life needs of people in several life domains.
These should embrace all the principles and values of Recovery and the parts of the system must be sensitive to their contribution in achieving the overall purpose. The whole becomes more important than any of the parts on their own. They should actively promote self determination and growth for the individual by benefiting from both the mental health services and a community’s natural resources.
Whole System thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It’s essential framework is developing inter-dependence and interrelationships rather than static and separate parts.
The Whole Life Domains areas follows:
Art, Culture & Spirituality
Education & Occupation
Friends & Families
Sports & Leisure
Treatments, Therapies & Alternatives
Taking a 'Whole life' approach to mental health, John Jenkins, Chairman of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN), Public Service Transformation, Network, 2014 We believe people’s wellbeing and resilience is founded on strong interpersonal relationships with supportive families and friends. Strong and supportive families draw strength from coherent and unified communities within which they live. Supporting and where necessary building and nurturing local communities is the key to success. The Whole Life – Whole Systems Strategy is a powerful tool for achieving this.
Presentation by John Jenkins at ICRA/IMHCN Mental Health Conference: "Whole Life - Whole Systems Strategy"
In this video, Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health is interviewed by Ruth Thorlby, Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust, where he describes what whole person care is, and explores social care funding in a time of tight budgets. The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP spoke at the Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit in March 2014.