Better mental health: new approach shows benefit of positive thinking

A new way of assessing a person’s recovery from mental health problems is helping people learn to live fulfilling lives again, health experts say.

The Individual Recovery Outcomes Counter (I.ROC) measures recovery rather than symptoms and level of illness – the focus of most existing questionnaires.
I.ROC measures a person’s recovery – the ability to live a meaningful and fulfilling life in spite of mental illness – by asking 12 questions which focus on areas of people’s lives that are known to have an impact on mental health and wellbeing.