“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.”  — Scottish Recovery Network

Midlothian recovery stories:

A Story of Recovery … Starting over and moving forward 

250_manMy time at the Orchard Centre started after the sudden death of my husband of over 31 years. At first I was under my GP for over a year. Then I was asked if I would consider going to see a psychiatrist as my poor GP was at her last trying to give me help or tablets.

So I said, ‘Oh hang on I’m not that bad!’ and her reply to me was, ‘Oh, I think you are.’

So off I went. After a few meetings with this doctor, he asked me to give the Centre a try for six months to see how I got on!


250_womanMoving Forward

So I joined the Orchard Centre, met Jill, and have never looked back! I still have low times, but can find myself help if needed. A chat with staff members gets me back on track.

I am now volunteering two times a week in the café and help at the knitting group. I have now found myself getting more involved. Also, I enjoy help weekends away very much.

I feel I am giving back some of the help I was given and am also helping others at the same time.

My goal is to keep myself motivated and keep moving forward and enjoy every minute of it.

The images and stories on this page are from people living in Midlothian.