Writing and sharing personal recovery stories can be a profound experience. It can awaken awareness and help people heal by providing comfort to those facing similar challenges and reducing our own sense of isolation. Everyone has an authentic voice, and we can make a difference by sharing our experiences and perspectives. People want to know what has helped and what has given you hope. Let them know they are not alone. Visit our Share Your Story page if you have a mental health recovery story you would like to share. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also offers two safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression: You Are Not Alone and OK2Talk.
We asked some people with lived experience what “Recovery” means to them and here’s what they had to say: