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Can people recover from mental illness? Is there a cure?



NAMI believes that recovery is a process, beginning with diagnosis and eventually moving into the successful management of a mental health condition. Sustained recovery involves learning about the illness and effective treatment, empowerment with the support of peers and family members and finally, helping others achieve wellness.

Most people diagnosed with a mental health condition can experience relief from their symptoms and live a satisfying life by actively participating in an individualized treatment plan.

An effective treatment plan may include medication, psychotherapy and peer support groups. A balanced diet, exercise and sleep can also play a big role in your mental health. Meaningful social opportunities, such as local drop in centers or clubhouses, and volunteer activities contribute to overall wellness and mental health recovery. Our Mental Health Treatment & Services and Living With A Mental Health Condition pages provide additional information that may be helpful in your recovery process.

NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).