"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently." -Henry Ford
Too often, people with mental illness are convinced to avoid attempting things, or literally prevented from attempting them, because of other people's fear that the stress of a possible failure might lead to relapse. Failure is a human right, and trying and learning gives us strength and helps us move forward, whether we succeed on the first try or not.
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What is recovery? Recovery in mental illnesses can mean living a meaningful and productive life despite a disability. It can also refer to a reduction or complete remission of symptoms and a healing transformation of the self. For most people, it refers to the power of hope in healing disorders that were once thought to be hopeless. As Henry Ford once said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."