Philosophy

  • People can and do recover from what is labeled as mental illness regardless of symptoms, diagnosis, duration, and treatment history.
  • Many individuals have survived periods of what gets labeled mental illness and have healed and moved on to live full rewarding lives. You can read some recovery stories on this site.
  • Families and friends of people struggling with emotional distress require support, information, and skills to help create an atmosphere of hope in which change and growth are possible.
  • Families and friends are on their own parallel journey and require support and enhanced skills at handling their own “dark emotions”
  • Services and supports need to be culturally safe and welcome diversity.
  • Discrimination within society, the mental health system, families and individuals, must be addressed for recovery to happen.
  • The most important tool families and friends have in supporting someone in recovery is their relationship.

  • Recovery is a non-linear journey involving hope, education, self advocacy, personal responsibility, and support.
  • Individuals are responsible for their own wellness. No one can recover for someone else.
  • Families and friends can model attitudes that create a culture of healing.
  • Families and friends can absolutely help facilitate their loved ones recovery.