It’s important to understand that recovery is a real possibility for a people who experience mental health difficulties. Because of the stigma associated with mental health, it’s difficult for many people to understand this and this in turn creates labels which can be unhelpful. In mental health, recovery doesn’t always refer to the process of complete recovery, rather for many people, the concept is much more about staying in control of their life and maintaining a balance with mental wellbeing at its centre.
What is so often misunderstood about mental health problems is that they don’t define a person or their potential in life. Recovery is possible with the right support and people go on to find a life beyond illness.
Recovery means different things to different people and there’s no right or wrong way to recover. It’s important for people experiencing mental ill health to have the right support to help them define what it means for them and set their own goals in life.