supporting recovery

It’s never too early to think - or to talk – about recovery. In “Getting Help” , we introduce the idea that recovery goals can be small and can be set from the time a person first gets help with mental illness. You may also have noticed that the sample recovery goals extend beyond mental illness. Getting help and managing mental illness are contributing factors to a person’s recovery.

“Recovery is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges”. – (Recovery: The Lived Experience of Rehabilitation, P. Deegan, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 1988)

There are, however, many other factors that affect one’s health and wellbeing and thus contribute to recovery. They include: safe and stable housing; food; relationships; income; employment; self-esteem; peer recognition; physical activity; and others. In fact, recovery does not require people to experience reduced symptoms and reduced need for medical and social care; it is about experiencing improved quality of life and higher levels of functioning despite the illness (

Supportive families play an essential role in their family member’s recovery journey. While we reference recovery throughout the handbook, this section is devoted to improving understanding of recovery and providing information that may help you to support your family member’s recovery journey.