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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

What is recovery?

Everyone’s journey of recovery is unique and personal to them. So it’s really only you who can define your own recovery journey.

Jo, a member of our group, put it this way:

“Recovery is a journey toward mental well-being and a sense of purpose and hope in life with or without concurrent symptoms of mental illness. It can include biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions and is different for everyone”.

We know there is no formula for recovery, but there does appear to be three things critical factors:

Service users recovery


Hope is very important in everyone’s journey. Whatever else recovery means, our main feeling is that we all need to be hopeful in our lives.


Recovery involves taking back control. This may involve taking control of your life, and finding a purpose.  It may also include taking control of your own recovery and working out ways of managing problems and deciding what support you need in order to pursue and achieve goals.


Recovery is impossible without opening up opportunity for a life beyond illness. Think about doing the things that give your life value, such as meaningful interests and taking part in community life and leisure activities that you enjoy.

Covid-19 update

Recovery for All is working hard to maintain our connections to service users, families and carers and our Trust staff.  We recognise that this is a difficult time for all of us.  We have developed some resources that you can access here (hyperlink to Recovery College pages above).  With our Peer Support Workers and Experts by Experience we are striving to develop effective ways of keeping in touch and ensure that we can continue to encourage and support recovery for all.  Please keep an eye on these pages.


In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with the team, please email: bsmhft.recoveryforall@nhs.net   


Take care, Recovery for All team