What is mental health recovery?

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  • Recognizing that recovery is personal and unique, and requires consideration of the whole person. There is a focus on strengths, autonomy, and self-determination.
  • Recognizing that recovery occurs in the context of one’s life, which is impacted by such factors as social supports, social determinants of health, and stigma.
  • Taking into account the diverse needs of all groups within Canada including Indigenous peoples, LGBT individuals and racialized communities.
  • sees recovery from severe mental illness as possible
  • is a journey rather than an endpoint
  • may not mean getting back to where the person was before the illness
  • is not a continuous, linear process
  • requires optimism and commitment from all involved
  • is greatly influenced by expectations and attitudes
  • requires a well organized social and professional support system
  • requires that service providers find new and innovative ways of working

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Mental health blogger | MH Nurse | Living with depression | Author of 3 books, latest is Managing the Depression Puzzle | mentalhealthathome.org

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