“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.”  — Scottish Recovery Network

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A Story of Recovery … Starting over and moving forward 


Moving On

I’d been needing help with my mental health since I was 13 and first came to CHANGES when I was 18 – by that time I had almost forgotten what was ‘normal’. I did some of the CHANGES courses which gave me a handle on the techniques I needed to manage my mental health and get a perspective on things.  I spent the next year or so putting into practice what I had learnt so that by the time I was 20 I felt ready volunteer with CHANGES.

Since my Volunteer Training I have helped to run some of the courses and give one-to-one support – I get a real buzz from being able to help people who are in the situation I used to be in. I feel more useful, have more self confidence, am a lot happier and I’m starting to think about working part time – even a year ago I wouldn’t have thought that possible.  I feel like my life is beginning after such a long time of being unwell.



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