Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and roles.  It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life, even with the limitations caused by illness.  Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.

William Anthony, Boston University, 1993



Engaging in mental health recovery is a unique experience for each person. It may involve somebody coming to terms with the way in which illness has changed their life, combined with a sense of hope about their active role in shaping the future. This lived experience creates a distinct understanding of mental health recovery.

In this way, an understanding of mental health recovery emerges directly out of lived experience.

A Recovery College is a place where people go to learn the skills that support their recovery.

Mind in Hackney’s Recovery College is the first of its kind in East London and  provides a space to champion hope, empowerment and opportunity for those engaging in  mental health recovery.

As we become more powerful in our self-management then we need less support maybe from staff, and our recovery becomes very much a part of our own intrinsic value…We become the masters of our recovery.

Gary Molloy, City and Hackney Mind Peer Leader


To enrol in the Recovery College, make a referral.


With the support of Time to Change, we produced a film which captured the stories of four of our Peer Champions and what recovery means to them.