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.
Author Lauren Cripps, Colleen Deyell Hood
Volume Vol. 54, No. 2 (2020)