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Recovery from Mental Illness

► See Recovery Resources for Health Care Providers.

two women with bouquet of flowers Recovery is a “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. There are many different pathways to recovery and each individual determines his or her own way.*

Four major areas that support a life in recovery are: 
  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way;
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society and
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

►Learn more about the the concept and support of recovery at SAMHSA

Call 1-800-LIFENET
Lifenet is a free, confidential help line for New York City residents. You can call 24 hours per day/7 days a week. The staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services.
► 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-3373) in Espanõl
► 1-877-990-8585 for Korean and Chinese callers (Mandarin & Cantonese )
► 1-212-982-5284 (TTY for hearing impaired)

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* Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Definition

Last Updated: April 2, 2013