Recovery from Mental Illness


Local Resources

Turning Point Foundation: Mental illness recovery and support services, including housing and community centers.
(805) 652-0000

The Client Network: Resource referrals for any level of care, community forums & advocacy. (805) 981-4228

For assessment and referral: Call the VCBH STAR Team at 1-866-998-2243.

If you're in crisis: Call the VCBH Crisis Team at 1-866-998-2243.

Emergency: If you believe your loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis and you need the assistance of law enforcement, call 911.

Community Resources: Call 2-1-1, visit or text your zip code to 898211.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from mental illness and living a full life with mental illness is possible, but we're all different. It's up to you to determine what is most important to you. Does your vision include work? Parenthood? Art? With the right treatment and support, you can achieve your goals. Besides treatment and support, other areas that affect everyone's health and wellness include exercise, nutrition, spirituality, relationships and much more.


“Recovery means being comfortable being me.”

"Once I discovered that recovery was possible, I began to have hope. Finding that hope was incredibly empowering. I regained my self confidence and I knew things would get better. I also accepted the responsibility to take charge of my life; I knew I held the power to improve my life.”

“Recovery means thinking less about my illness and more about my dreams and what I’m going to do with my life."

For ideas for simple things you can do to help yourself be well and stay well, see the Wellness Action Plan.

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