Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Mental Health

The University of Nottingham

Public Recovery Stories

Our research has shown that reading recovery stories may be of help to those who are experiencing mental health problems or distress. (See our definitions here.) Please find below a list of a) individual recovery stories and b) recovery story collections that could be of help to you.

Disclaimer: We have not examined all material in these collections.

a) Individual Recovery Stories

The Geographer: The Descent Into Madness (United Kingdom)


b) Recovery Story Collections

The Colour of Madness (United Kingdom)

OC87 - Mental Health First Person Essays (United States)

Soul Relics - Stories (United Kingdom)

Here to Help (Canada)

The Schizophrenia Oral History Project (United States)

Riding the Storms (United Kingdom)

Beyond the Storms (United Kingdom)

Kinda Proud (United Kingdom)

Emerging Proud 2017 (United Kingdom)

Emerging Proud 2018 (United Kingdom)

Reclamation Song (India)

Side Effects of Living: An Anthology of Voices on Mental Health (India)









Getting in touch: We are keen to make recovery stories widely available. If you would like your recovery story to be featured on this page, please contact us at