Recovery is a process in which people living with mental health problems and mental illnesses are actively engaged in their own journey of wellbeing.
It is not a new idea. It has been developed and championed for decades by people with lived experience of mental health problems and mental illnesses. Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada identifies recovery as central to improving health outcomes and quality of life for people living with mental health problems or mental illnesses.
To better facilitate knowledge sharing and help accelerate the adoption of recovery-oriented practices, stakeholders from across Canada have shared with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) the need for a national recovery database. Toward that end, the MHCC has developed – with input from stakeholders throughout the country – the Canadian Recovery Inventory.