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Personal recovery is reclaiming a life beyond mental illness and distress.

Personal recovery is a broader and more holistic concept than clinical recovery. This approach encourages people to take an active role and reclaim responsibility for the direction of their life.

The recovery movement began in the 1970’s, primarily as a civil rights movement aimed at restoring the human rights and full community inclusion of people experiencing mental health issues.

Here’s what you need to know about recovery.

  • It’s based on a foundation of hope and optimism for people and people’s future.
  • Recovery is an ongoing experience and is not synonymous with a cure.
  • It’s a nonlinear process, frequently interspersed with both achievement and setbacks.
  • It’s an approach where one size does not fit all, and where everyone’s journey and goals are unique.
  • A person’s recovery is holistic and may include joining a gardening club, volunteering or connecting with their own community.


National framework for recovery-oriented mental health services
Practitioner’s guide to recovery principles that support recovery-oriented mental health practice
WRAP Wellness Recovery Action Plans
Ten top tips for recovery-oriented practice
Empowering people—coaching for mental health recovery
Whose plan is it anyway
Recovery Hub (Victoria Australia)
    My Mental Health

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