The Scottish Recovery Network describes recovery as “being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into one’s own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process. It is important to be clear that there is no right or wrong way to recover.”
Mental Health Recovery therefore, does not necessarily follow the same path as recovery from a physical health problem. Recovery in this context is about building and supporting the resilience of individuals and not purely treating or managing the symptoms of their mental health condition. It is about the guiding principle of hope – believing that an individual can lead and sustain a meaningful life, irrespective of living with a mental health condition.
 You are the expert by experience:
  • take personal responsibility for your mental health
  • keep informed and others of your wellbeing
  • positive thinking brings HOPE
  • utilise your supports wisely; professional & personal
  • socially connect
  • talk to someone who will listen
  • follow a positive structure and routine
  • recognise and then distract yourself from negativity
  • relax and take time out, try mindfulness / meditation
  • follow a healthy diet
  • engage in physical activity
  • be patient and kind to yourself – become your own best friend