Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin operates on a Recovery philosophy. Many people believe that it isn’t possible to recover from a mental illness, but it is. Not to be confused with cure, Recovery is the point at which a person begins taking that first step forward as a person separate from his/her illness.
Just as a catastrophic event or diagnosis of a serious physical illness can be frightening, so can be diagnosis of a serious mental illness. Visions of unemployment, poverty and disability may go through one’s mind and further worsen the condition. At such a vulnerable time, it’s important to offer hope not discouragement. That’s what the Recovery philosophy is: a beacon of hope.