Many people will experience poor mental health at some point in their life.  For some people this will last only a short time, others may live with poor mental health their whole life.  Regardless of its length or severity gaining ‘recovery’ from poor mental health is important to the person themselves and their family and friends. 

Recovery will mean different things to different people.  Some people might experience recovery as a sense of feeling more positive and enjoying things that they had stopped getting pleasure from.  For another person recovery might mean getting back to work while for someone else it might be about becoming more independent, getting out of the house more or giving something back to their local community.

What does recovery mean to you?


The NHS, Birmingham City Council and many community and charitable organisations in Birmingham offer help and support to people who experience poor mental health.

Working together we want to make sure that people don’t just ‘survive’ mental illness but thrive, getting the most out of life.  We want to make sure that all services put helping people recover at the heart of what they do.  Understanding what recovery means to people will help us change the way that we support people and families to do this.

So, please take a few moments to tell us about what your recovery means to you.  You can do this in either of the following ways:



You can find out more about recovery at the following websites:

 If you have concerns about your mental health, it's best to see your GP.  If you feel you might be experiencing depression or anxiety, you can self-refer to:

 The waiting room is a well-being resource directory with links to a range of organisations and services in Birmingham:

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