Access to good information is an important part of the recovery process.
Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. Mental health means having a general sense of well-being and being able to reach your potential.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterised by disturbances in thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviour. It is usually described as a psychotic illness.
People with schizoaffective disorder have some symptoms of mood disorders (affective) like depression or mania as well as symptoms of schizophrenia (psychosis) at the same time, or within a few weeks of each other.
Severe depression is a serious medical illness. Unlike normal emotions of sadness, loss, or passing mood states, severe depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with everyday functioning.
Bi-polar disorder, sometimes called manic depression, is a medical illness that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. These changes can be subtle or dramatic and can be experienced differently by different people.
Mental health recovery is a process of healing and transformation that allows a person with a mental health problem to live a full and meaningful life. How this happens is unique for each individual.