Write To Recovery is an initiative developed by the Scottish Recovery Network . The Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) aims to promote and support recovery from mental health problems. We act as a catalyst for change by sharing ideas and practice. Established in 2004, we are a non-profit organisation working in Scotland and beyond.

Our main goals are to help increase:

  • Knowledge and understanding of recovery
  • Empowerment of people affected by mental health problems
  • Recovery focused policy and practice

As an organisation, we:

  • Focus on what people can do as opposed to what they cannot
  • Take a strengths based approach and emphasise the role of hope and optimism
  • See recovery as a unique, individual experience in a context of circumstances and life events
  • Promote inclusion, equality and involvement
  • Believe people are experts in their own experience
  • Believe empowerment is central to wellness and recovery

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 the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.

People can and do recover from even the most serious and long-term mental health problems. 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.