Write To Recovery is an initiative developed by the Scottish Recovery Network . People are at the heart of everything SRN do. Launched in 2004, SRN is a non-profit initiative working in Scotland and beyond. Our aim is to place the experience of recovery at the centre of life, practice and policy. We act as a catalyst for change by sharing ideas and practice.

SRN's vision is 'A Scotland where mental health recovery is real for everyone in every community'. 

Our aims are:

  1. To work with others to support communities and the people within them to achieve their recovery potential
  2. To support and share recovery learning and approaches including:
  • Sharing evidence from robust research
  • Raising awareness of and supporting best practice happening at a local, national and international level
  • Encouraging and facilitating conversations about recovery

 3.  To place lived experience at the centre of health and social policy in Scotland


What is ‘recovery’?

SRN describe recovery as follows:

Recovery is being able to live a good life, as defined by the person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of distress, emotional difficulties or mental ill-health is a unique and deeply personal process.

People can and do recover. Of course, recovery is not always easy or straightforward – many people describe the need to persevere and maintain hope through the most difficult times.

One of our approaches to recovery is through the use of stories, or ‘narratives’ from people affected by mental health problems. Sharing experiences in this way – also known as sharing recovery stories – has been closely linked to the development of the recovery approach internationally. You can find out more about narrative approaches to recovery on this website .

Write to Recovery builds on a considerable history of SRN helping people write and share their personal stories to increase knowledge and understanding about mental health recovery.

You can also find out more about SRN and the work we do on our website.