Mental health is how we think, feel and behave. It helps determine how we adapt to a range of demands, relate to others and make choices. Just like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life and is essential to overall health.
According to the National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery, “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. Recovery is a journey that involves developing hope, self-
direction, empowerment, respect and peer support.