Create opportunities for advancing hope and recovery for all by transforming our community and the mental health system it reflects to one of respect and trust by educating, advocating and empowering.
1. Everyone can recover.
2. There is hope for every person.
3. Use your life’s pain to guide, encourage, an empower others.
4. Everyone should have equal access to mental health treatment regardless of county of settlement.
5. Peer support is essential to mental health.
6. People with lived experience should organize to become a stronger voice in the transformation of mental health.
7. People with lived experience should be accorded basic human rights – to be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect.
Common Elements of Recovery
Hope and Optimism
A positive belief in one’s ability to live a full and meaningful life despite having, or having had, a mental illness and a belief in future possibilities.
Consumer Choice and Autonomy
The ability to make one’s own decisions regarding programs, activities and treatment and the ability to pursue one’s own interests..
Respect and Dignity
Being appreciated as a person with value and being treated with courtesy, fairness and kindness and being recognized with talents and capabilities.
Recognizing the importance of identifying one’s own needs and goals and sharing in decision making.
Empowerment in Personal Control,
Trusting in one’s self to get better and resume or attain a satisfying life while assuming self management and accepting personal responsibility.
Restoration and Personal Growth
Encouraging an expansion of capabilities and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem
Self Acceptance and Healing
Promoting self awareness and permitting personal forgiveness
Adaptability and Capacity to Improve
Recognizing one's potential and ability and have opportunities to contribute. back to top ...