Mental Health Recovery

Your Mental Health Recovery Support Network

Life with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder is better with support. The people who can be by your side and encourage you through the ups and downs of your mental health recovery journey are called a support network. These are people you feel comfortable around, trust, and have contact with regularly.

Some members of your support network are part of your treatment team–like your doctor or social worker. Other members are more personal connections—like family members or a spouse. Everyone’s support network looks different. Yours might only include some of the people listed below.

Support network

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Spouse or partner
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Peer specialists/counselors
  • Coworkers
  • Classmates
  • Clergy or spiritual leaders
  • Housing specialists
  • Support group leaders

Certain Individuals Within Your Support Network Can Help You:

  • Help you remember to take your medication, if that’s hard for you
  • Work toward achieving goals, such as going back to work or school
  • Reduce stress and improve overall health

Think about other ways that your support network can help you in your recovery journey.

What’s next?

Making Decisions Together