What to say instead of “mental health consumer”

Many people are now getting away from using the term “Mental health consumer” to talk about a person in recovery from a mental health diagnosis.

I learned in my certified peer specialist training that my recovery was not from the illness, it was from the diagnosis. Recovery from the illness only includes eliminating symptoms. Recovery from the diagnosis means rebuilding from the judgements that you and people around you might have made about your limtations and abilities. For me, it was learning that I can dream again, which is my my recovery story is called, “Taking back the dreams.”

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