Recovery can be understood to mean being able to engage with life in a way that is meaningful to you. Each person's recovery is unique to them and for them to define according to their own priorities. Respecting that process and their priorities is an essential aspect of being a Recovery Friendly Church.
Hope is essential to recovery and holding it for each other is a powerful way in which we support each other.
In mental health terms, healing can be thought of when we regain our sense of ourselves rather than our diagnosis. In Church we want to be seen, heard and valued. We believe that each one of us is created by God, unique and loved. We seek to communicate that and shape our pastoral care around that value.
When we struggle with our mental health, connections can get broken, whether they be connections within ourselves, with the world, the present or in our relationships. Isolation can be a significant part of mental health distress. By offering community, we begin to restore some of those connections and create a safe place in which a person can receive support in their healing and recovery.
we empower others in their recovery in all sorts of ways; believing what we say, trusting that things are as difficult and as painful as someone says and being willing to support them where they are, without dismissing their experience. We can think through the value and accessibility of the work our Churches do. Perhaps most importantly we listen to people as if their lived experience makes them experts on their recovery, because they are.