Sunrise over marshVOCAL believes that recovery from “mental illness” is possible. Much of our work involves holding out that hope by promoting and supporting the implementation of recovery-oriented mental health systems.

There are “official” definitions of recovery. As a peer support community, VOCAL wants to know…What does recovery mean to YOU?

See some photos of what recovery looks like for our members and read their stories. Watch videos of peers telling their recovery stories on VOCAL’s YouTube Channel.

Some responses from our members and staff:

Recovery IS possible.

Recovery is individual and doesn’t look the same in every person.

Recovery is a process. And it doesn’t always move in a straight line.

Recovery is getting back pieces of one’s life that seemed to be lost.

Recovery is finding genuine, lasting strength through struggle.

I can choose how I see myself — not accept the labels applied by others.

Recovery from Mental Illness is Possible

Recovery is a life-long journey, not a destination.  Recovery is a process, not a cure.  Recovery is indeed possible. Peers can help you create a plan of action in case you begin to lose control of your mental health.  We can help you to communicate to your support group (family, friends, co-workers and health care providers) the type of help you need to regain control.

SAMHSA’s Working Defintion of Recovery

Peers, professionals and researchers came together and developed this definition of recovery for the federal government agency that implements mental health and substance use policy, the SAMHSA:

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Spread Recovery in Virginia

Individuals. Improve. Self-directed. Strive. Full Potential. All very powerful and positive words.

There are programs and systems in Virginia that support recovery, and there are barriers, as well. Get involved with our work to create a climate in Virginia where recovery is possible for all. Join VOCAL as a peer or partner today.