Recovery Stories

The following stories are about the road to recovery. We recognize recovery can mean different things for different people. Here are stories from people living with a mental illness, in their own voice.

George's Story 

"I now openly acknowledge that my mental illness is simply a part of who I am.  I accept it, but will no longer define myself by it."  Read more here

Zak's Story

"Life is like poker, nobody chooses the cards we are dealt but the way we play the hand is our choice." Read more here

Anyssa's Story

"My hope for the future is to keep on growing, to keep on bettering myself and to never stop, to never give up on myself." Read more here

Lauren's Story

"But I believe I’ve been through the worst and am on the other side. I survived. And now I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to live a happy life, and I wouldn’t give that up for anything." Read more here

Kristen's Story

"Mental illness will always be a part of me that I have to manage, but it’s my choice if I let it define me." Read more here

Jessie's Story

"I used to think I was too messed up to help others. I realize now that my life experiences make me well prepared to understand others and support them through their struggles." Read more here

Samantha's Story 

"Most importantly, I have come to believe in the phrase “it gets better”. I used to hate when people said that to me, as I am sure a lot of people who struggle do. But I now realize why people say that. I cannot imagine not being here today, there is so much that I would have missed out on. So I want people to know that as much of a cliché it is, things really do get better."  Read more here


Share Your Story!

Mental Health Minnesota -- "The Voice of Recovery" -- invites you to share your story. We want to hear your voice! Once you submit your story, it will be sent to Mental Health Minnesota, and we would share it only with your permission.

Need help getting started?

 Mental Health Minnesota has put together a few questions that may help you to getting started on writing your recovery story:

1. What events/warning signs lead to your diagnosis?
2. What were your first steps toward recovery? What resources did you use?
3. What support did you (or did you not) receive from family, friends, work, etc.?
4. What were the major challenges/barriers that you faced in your mental health recovery?
5. How is where you are now, different from where you started?
6. What is your hope for the future? What does recovery mean to you?
7. What would you say to someone who is facing some of the same difficulties you have in the past?

The average length of time between onset and treatment is 10 years. Those living with a serious mental illness are dying 25 years before those without a mental illness. One in five people in the U.S. suffer from a mental health condition, and 1 in 17 people are diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

This is why your voice matters! We want to hear your story to share hope, recovery and wellness across the state of Minnesota.

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