Recovery - 5 Rs of workplace mental health

There are as many different perceptions and definitions of recovery as there are perceptions and definitions of mental illness.

Recovery is very personal and unique for each individual and impacts attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and roles. The list below highlights important information about mental health recovery, whether it’s your own recovery or if you are supporting someone else.

ONE IN FIVE.

According to Health Canada, that’s the number of Canadians who will directly experience mental illness in their lifetime. That means someone close to you may need an ear to listen, or a shoulder to lean on.

Take an active role in contributing to better mental health for yourself and others. Recovery is one of the 5Rs of workplace mental health. Read on to learn more about how understanding recovery can make a difference.

Recovery

What you should know

  • Recovery is an individualized process and is person-centered, not illness-centered.
  • Having a good understanding of one’s mental illness helps in recovery.
  • Recovery can occur even if mental illness symptoms are present.
  • Self- care and nourishing the physical body, mental mind, and the emotional soul is important.
  • Recovery is not a linear process but based on continual growth with occasional setbacks and learning from experience.
  • People differ in the way they recover from a mental illness.
  • Stigma associated with mental illness can slow the recovery process.
  • Recovering from the consequences of mental illness is sometimes more difficult than recovering from the illness itself.
  • Recovery depends on the individual’s values, resiliencies, talents, coping abilities, and inherent self-worth.
  • Peer support whether from family, friends, or co-workers is essential and is most beneficial where there are multiple sources of support.
  • The family may need to recover from the impact of a loved one’s mental illness.
  • Recovering from mental illness is possible no matter what you think may have caused it.

Recovery - 5 Rs of workplace mental health (PDF)

Visit Workplace Mental Health for additional mental health related information and resources, and contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider for individualized support.