The CAFE TA Center is pleased to release the seventh and final video in its Recovery Stories series. In this segment, people with lived experience speak out about what they think the world needs to know about recovery. While recovery is a familiar concept for people in the peer support movement, those outside the behavioral health community might not understand the value and effectiveness of the recovery model, and how the notion of recovery can provide the hope and empowerment that more traditional treatment approaches lack.
The individuals in this video have a clear message for their communities: mental health impacts everyone, people with mental health diagnoses are people with hopes and dreams that deserve the same recognition of their humanity as anyone else, and recovery works because at its root, it’s about hope.
We hope you have enjoyed our Recovery Stories video series. Remember, all seven videos in the series are available here on our website. Feel free to share them with families, providers and advocates in your community, to help them better understand what recovery means to you!
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For people with a behavioral health diagnosis, the reality of stigma is all too familiar. They know from first hand experience how people react to finding out that someone they know has a mental health diagnosis. Individuals forget that they are dealing with a person, and begin to think in terms of negative stereotypes that work to define people with mental health needs as “other,” “abnormal” or “one of those people.”
In the sixth installment of the Recovery Stories series, people with lived experience talk about how they have dealt with stigma, and how it works to separate people with behavioral health diagnoses from the so-called “normal” people. The message shared by these individuals is that people with lived experience are people first, and deserve to be recognized for their humanity, not for their diagnoses. Please take a moment to listen to their thoughts, stories and insights, and share them to help break the grip of stigma in your community.
In the fifth installment of Recovery Stories, people with lived experience respond to the question “What would it take for the recovery model to truly take hold?”
Before the concept of recovery evolved, many individuals’ experience of treatment left them feeling that they were fundamentally broken, and that their only recourse would be a lifetime of medication, with little hope for a positive quality of life. The people whose voices are gathered here have experienced how recovery can re-shape the way they relate to themselves and the world. They have some thoughts on how focusing on strengths and including peer support as part of treatment can give others with mental health needs hope, and a renewed sense of possibility for the future.