What is the issue?

A person experiencing ongoing symptoms of a mental health problem or illness and/or substance use can still live a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life. The pursuit of that journey is at the heart of “recovery,” a concept whose principles include hope, dignity, self-determination, and responsibility.

Recovery is widely embraced by people with lived and living experience, practitioners, service providers, and policy makers, and it is recognized as central to improving mental health systems and outcomes in Canada and around the world.

Recovery-oriented practice involves a range of services and supports to meet a person’s goals and needs, while recognizing that

  • each person is unique and has the right to determine their own path toward mental health and well-being
  • societies include many intersecting factors (biological, psychological, social, economic, cultural, and spiritual) that have an impact on mental health and well-being.


What are we doing?

We are committed to accelerating the shift toward recovery-oriented practice. The following resources are designed to assist you in its implementation:

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Need more information? Use the discussion guide to help direct your own self-reflection or facilitate conversations with others.