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When it comes to your mental health, recovery does not always refer to the ‘complete recovery’ from your problem in the way that we may recover from a physical health problem.

What is recovery?

For many people, the concept of recovery is about staying in control of their life despite experiencing a mental health problem. Professionals in the mental health sector often refer to the ‘recovery model’ to describe this way of thinking.

Putting recovery into action means focusing help on supporting recovery and building the resilience (this is how you respond to stress and stressful situations) of people with mental health problems, and not just on treating or managing their symptoms.

There is no single definition of the concept of recovery for people with mental health problems, but the guiding principle is hope – the belief that it is possible for someone to regain a meaningful life, despite serious mental health problems.

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