Resources to Recover: A Website for Families
www.rtor.org offers families affected by mental illness guidance, support and information on the best practices and providers in recovery-oriented mental health care.
Resources to Recover/rtor.org promotes positive lifetime outcomes for people living with mental health disorders by building on the natural strengths and expertise of families.
Goals of RtoR
- helping individuals and their families connect with the right resources in time to prevent or lessen the harmful effects of mental illness
- full participation of people living with mental health disorders in their local communities
- full remission of symptoms or, in the continued presence of symptoms, a feeling of being in control and possessing a satisfactory quality of life
- realignment of personal goals, attitudes, values, feelings, skills and roles for a more satisfying, hopeful, and meaningful existence
The Case for RtoR
- People living with mental health disorders and their families and friends need a safe, easily accessible place to gain understanding about their symptoms and the options for treatment and support.
- Recovery is real. Some people experience a full remission of symptoms after an initial diagnosis. Others can learn to manage their symptoms in a way that enables them to gain independence and achieve their life aspirations.
- Despite the availability of effective treatments for most mental health problems, there are often long delays between the first onset of symptoms and the moment people get the full range of help they need. We call this delay the “cycle of discovery.”
- Early intervention with the right resources at the right time can shorten the cycle of discovery and make the critical difference between a life of disability and the hope of recovery, with prospects for increased self-sufficiency and positive quality of life.