Recovery and Mental Health: Exploring the Basic Characteristics of Living Well with Mental Illness

Authors

  • Lauren Cripps Brock University
  • Colleen Deyell Hood Brock University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9948

Keywords:

Leisure, Mental Health, Recovery, Therapeutic Recreation, Well-Being

Abstract

A considerable body of literature exists to substantiate the contention that individuals can live well with mental illness. The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad introduction to recovery for individuals living with mental illness and/or struggling with mental health. Recovery is defined in this paper as a process of self-development that involves change in a number of areas related to well-being. In particular, this paper examines six key characteristics of recovery: acceptance, hope, identity, pleasurable life events, agency/autonomy, and social connections/ engagement. Finally, these characteristics are linked to leisure and to therapeutic recreation practice through the lens of the Leisure and Well-Being Model, providing implications for practice for therapeutic recreation professionals.Subscribe to TRJ

Published

2020-06-01

Issue

Section

Conceptual Papers