What is recovery?
This section is about recovering from a mental illness. Recovery means different things to different people – it is very personal. Recovery is not a one-off event – it is a process that can take time. Setbacks are a natural part of improving things in the long term.
Not everything in this section will help you to recover from your illness, but we hope that it gives some useful suggestions so that you can find out what works for you.
- You can recover from mental illness. Recovery means different things to different people. Generally speaking it is about working towards your goals and having hope for the future.
- Not everyone will stop having symptoms during their recovery. If you still have symptoms, you can try to stop them from affecting your life as much.
- Medical treatment is one way towards recovery. It helps a lot of people, but it is not the only way to recover.
- Recovery is something you achieve for yourself. It is not something that someone else does for you. But others may be able to help if you want them to.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in October 2014. Next review October 2016.
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