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What is Recovery?

Recovery is the personal process that people with mental health conditions experience in gaining control, meaning and purpose in their lives. Recovery involves different things for different people. For some, recovery means the complete absence of the symptoms of mental illness. For others, recovery means living a full life in the community while learning to live with ongoing symptoms. (Canadian Mental Health Association)

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We at NISA feel we have much to offer to the process of mental health reform. We have a working model for organization, cooperation, and community involvement. We have acquired experience, and a knowledge base which we have documented and shared with others both nationally and internationally.

Being: a basic acceptance of oneself; not having to apologize for one’s existence.

Belonging: having other people to relate to; being part of a group; having ‘family’.

Becoming: developing new skills and statuses; growing toward socioeconomic maturity.