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.
“We still have a long way to go, but I am less stressed, more effective in dealing with my family members, and better able to make choices that enrich my life. Thank you for helping me discover my true worth… something my family was not able to do. Nothing is more empowering than knowing ‘I am worth it!’”
-CMHA Peel Dufferin Client