What does recovery mean? Responses from group discussions and twitter
Recovery is the ultimate outcome;and the hardest to attach an indicator to. Like catching dreams in a jar, without the BFG.
Recovery is finding yourself & then having the confidence to chart a course and live as yourself, using the tools you need.
The preferred language is “being on a journey” and “self discovery”.
What does recovery mean = Whatever it means to the person
I think recovery is not only regaining your past life and restoring relationships but going onto even greater things,
People turned their back on ‘me’
Having to re-forge family support
I have had a remarkable recovery instigated by myself but supported by a safe environment, a day centre, a good key worker and a good psychiatrist
A mere explanation of the concept of helping yourself to improve your life gradually and coming to terms with yourself and living with your condition is all I feel is needed. Support in achieving this is useful as long as it sticks to help and not induction.
Recovery is...something nobody can deny you unless you let them, and nobody can give you without your input.
Recovery is an opportunity, not for cuts but for improvement. It is owned by the individual but must be accepted by all.
Recovery means feeling that you are as stable as you can be.
Recovery means being able to manage your life in a positive way
Not to be free of mental health issues but having the coping skills
The term recovery is not mean in the literal sense that used to describe getting better from a physical illness. It is about learning to accept, manage and reduce the effects that mental health has on a persons day to day life and also the hopes and aspirations that they have.
Recovery means to me getting back to the person I used to be, perhaps a stronger person from the experience of having a mental illness.
Recovery to me means I no longer have the self blame, shame and deep depression and I nolonger see myself as ill or mad
Recovery for me means that I can function more positively not having so many negative feelings and thoughts.
Recovery means where you are on the road, path to get better from any kind of illness or medical problem
Recovery is getting back to a "normal" life. there are different levels of recovery
With the right support and love "normality" is achieved.
Recovering is managing, adapting
Recovery = getting/acquiring a sense of self, individuality
'Recovery' I believe is a personal issue to be thought about by the individual and acting as they feel is good and right for themselves. Any forcing of ideas and practice, I don't agree with. I would abhor the use of medication used in the recovery scheme. However I do support medication as a therapuetic aid to dealing with a condition but the more temporary the better.