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What is Recovery?

People can and do recover from even the most serious and long-term mental health problems. Recovery is a unique and individual experience and while there may be common themes and experiences, no two people’s recovery journeys will be identical.

We describe recovery as follows:

“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.”

We developed this description based on experiences shared in our Narrative Research Project.

In talking about recovery we acknowledge that it is not necessarily easy or straightforward. Many people describe the need to persevere and to find ways to maintain hope through the most trying times. We believe that by sharing experiences through our Network we can have a positive impact.

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Every problem and every hiccup was necessary for me to arrive at where I am today...

- Narrative Research Participant