Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 315–328

What Recovery Means to Us: Consumers' Perspectives


  • Shery Mead
    • Stepping Stone Peer Support Center
    • Next Step
  • Mary Ellen Copeland

DOI: 10.1023/A:1001917516869

Cite this article as:
Mead, S. & Copeland, M.E. Community Ment Health J (2000) 36: 315. doi:10.1023/A:1001917516869


In this article two consumer leaders use their own experiences to explain the meaning and significance of recovery. They emphasize the importance of hope, personal responsibility, education, advocacy, and peer support. They also address controversial issues, such as the nature of the therapeutic relationship, the place of medications in symptom control, and the need for attitudinal changes in mental health professionals.

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