What is Recovery?
While there is no one definition, many agree with this: “Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential.”
In order to support the rehabilitation and recovery of every Veteran with a mental illness, VA has identified recovery as a guiding principle for its entire mental health service delivery system.
The days of being ashamed of mental health problems are over. Military generals, still on active duty, have discussed in large public forums their struggles and their triumphs with mental health issues.
You are not alone.
Recovery for America’s Veterans is a multi-faceted concept based on these ten fundamental elements and guiding principles:
The last item on the list, Peer Support, is essential to Recovery. Recovery can be seen so vividly in the lives of those who are in recovery themselves. As peer support providers become part of mental health treatment teams and help deliver services, Veterans can see recovery being lived. They will be encouraged in their own recovery journeys.
Moe Armstrong, founder of Vet-to-Vet, describes Peer Support this way:
“Peer support can be better described as mutual support. This is important to understand. We are equals. We share a sense of mutuality not superiority. The idea of being equal to people and being able to learn from each other is important for mutual support. Not being competitive or superior is important.
“Trying to see what the other person has to offer and learning from them is a characteristic of mutual/peer educational support meetings.”
A Veteran or their family member can start here for the big picture to see what the VA is doing to help: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov
Specific and valuable information on Recovery is here:
One of the most important ways to access VA health care is My HealtheVet, the free, online Personal Health Record that empowers Veterans to become informed partners in their health care.
With My HealtheVet, America’s Veterans can access trusted, secure, and current health and benefits information as well as record, track and store important health and military history information at their convenience.
Veterans who are enrolled in a VA facility can refill their VA prescriptions and more, so register today at this web site: http://www.myhealth.va.gov/