The Thinkbox: What is recovery?

This week, we’re thinking about recovery and what that means. Inspired by a great blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the concept of recovery.

The idea of recovery from mental health problems has been the subject of much discussion in recent years and is key element of our national mental health policy. But what does Recovery mean?  Recovery from mental ill health is different to the concept of recovery from a physical health problem, where recovery normally means the complete recovery from an illness or condition.

The idea of recovery can be described as a personal journey of healing and transformation which allows the person to live a meaningful life in the community, while striving to achieve his or her full potential. Each person’s experience of recovery is unique and there is no single method or approach. The Mental Health Foundation writes that the guiding principle for recovery is hope – the belief that it is possible for someone to regain a meaningful life, despite serious mental illness. What does recovery mean to you? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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