Having a Voice
One of the key principles of recovery oriented mental health services is that each person must have a voice and a choice about their own goals for recovery. You are the expert in your experience, in what you want for your life and in what helps you to recover. Your voice and choices should be obvious in your mental health recovery plan, sometimes called a treatment plan or a goal planner. The goals and steps to help you reach your goals on your plan are to be developed in partnership with your mental health worker, be that a case manager or a therapist.
Just as important, people who participate in mental health services should have a voice and a choice in how services are provided within the agency and in the mental health system. See the Leadership page for ways to get involved.
One way that people who have received mental health services and have experienced their own recovery get involved is to become Peer Support Specialists. Peer Support Specialists bring knowledge and skills about what helps in their work with individuals and also to the mental health system itself. They serve as role models and as proof that recovery happens. See the pages at the left to learn more.