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.

You can watch this video we made with Time to Change below where three of our former Recovery champions describe what recovery means to them: