Recovery is a process of change through which you improve your health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach your full potential (1)

Recovering from distress, mental health issues or traumatic life experiences can seem to be an overwhelming task however, there is a large body of evidence showing that recovery is possible. Click on these links to read more about stories of hope from individuals, families and friends who have experienced the recovery journey.

Recovery is a deeply personal journey you may take to develop and change your life to move in a direction you find meaningful and more satisfying. Everyone's journey is unique. To support your recovery our organisation has adopted the following ideas about recovery:

  • SELF-DETERMINATION is the foundation of recovery
  • SELF-RESPONSIBILITY is the key to recovery
  • Recovery emerges from HOPE
  • Recovery includes CHOICES
  • Recovery builds on STRENGTHS
  • Recovery is supported through CITIZENSHIP - relationships and social networks
  • Recovery is supported through PEER SUPPORT
  • Recovery is PERSON-CENTRED
  • Recovery is NON-LINEAR

Click here for a detailed explanation of each. These ideas may be helpful for you to consider when embarking on your own journey of recovery or when supporting someone else on theirs.


1. SAMHSA (2001), SAMHSA announces a working definition of "recovery" from mental disorders and substance use disorders, SAHMSA Press Release

Recovery is possible for everyone - it is a process of change, through which you can improve your health and wellness, live a self directed life, and strive to reach your full potential

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