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NEC receives many requests each week of people looking for information on recovery from mental illness. We believe one of the most helpful resources is to hear the stories of those who have an actual experience of recovery. For that reason we are excited to begin a new page on our website dedicated to the stories of some folks who have had an experience of severe emotional anguish some call “mental illness” and who have had the experience of recovery. Their words can tell you most authentically about the real experience of recovery. As you read several stories, perhaps you will notice certain themes that may help you in your own recovery. May you receive hope and inspiration from their stories.

If you would like to have your story considered for the website please send it to the National Empowerment Center by using our Contact Form for Recovery Stories.

The Right Combination Kerry Brown (New 10/2015)

Larry (L.A.) Jones (New 10/2015)

My Recovery from Schizophrenia, by Jesse

Amanda Back

Rita Brooks, MS

A Peer From England's Story

Oryx Cohen's Story

Renee Kopache's Story

Will Hall's Story

A tale of two boys by Laurie Ahern

NEC is in the process of gathering additional recovery stories. In the meantime, these are other websites with people's stories of recovery.




National Public Radio (NPR) sound portrait of 'My Lobotomy': Howard Dully's Journey.  - Via NPR, Via Sound Portraits (11/16/05)

Just Released CD Series

Voices of Hope and Recovery: Our Stories, Our Lives

Twelve individuals share their informative, inspiring recovery stories on CD:
Sally Zinman, Daniel Fisher, Dorothy Washburn Dundas, Pat Risser,
Linda Corey, Mary Blake, Sharon Wise, Leah Harris, George Badillo,
Aubrey Shomo, Chaya Grossberg, and Melody Riefer

"These stories have touched me in a place beyond words and I am forever changed. They have humbled and inspired me. They have filled me with hope and fueled my vision of the world we are working to create – where everyone is included and respected as a valuable member of the community. – Lauren Spiro, M.A., Director of Public Policy, National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations – Lauren Spiro, M.A., Director of Public Policy, National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations

"In these voices I feel the growing spirit of recovery, which is spreading around our world as an inspiring breath of life to encourage each person on their journey. When we raise our voices together there is nothing we can't do." – Dan Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director, National Empowerment Center

"My thoughts, moods, feelings and emotions are NOT a disease, disorder or illness. They are me, my essence, my being, who and what I am as a person." - Pat Risser, B.A. Social Activist/Philosopher/ Mental Health Consumer/Survivor/Human Rights Advocate

Click here for more information or to place an order (www.power2u.org/cdseries.html)