The Mental Health Strategy for Canada identifies recovery as central to improving health outcomes and quality of life for people living with mental health problems and illnesses and to changing the way we approach mental health and mental illness. Recovery approaches stand on two pillars:
- Recognizing that each person is a unique individual with the right to determine his or her own path towards mental health and wellbeing;
- Understanding that we live our lives in complex societies where many intersecting factors (biological, psychological, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual) have an impact on mental health and wellbeing
Recovery is a process in which people living with mental health problems and illnesses are actively engaged in their own journey of wellbeing. Recovery journeys build on individual, family, cultural, and community strengths and can be supported by many types of services, supports, and treatments. The goal is to enable people to exercise all their rights as citizens and to enjoy a meaningful life in their community while striving to achieve their full potential. Recovery principles — including hope, self–determination and responsibility — can be adapted to the realities of different life stages, and to the full range of mental health problems and illnesses.
Recovery is not a new idea. It has been developed and championed by people with lived experience for decades. It is being embraced by policy makers, service providers, and practitioners in Canada and around the world. It is widely recognized as a key to achieving better mental health outcomes and improving mental health systems. Read more…