Links & Lists:
Articles, books, and video's on recovery and mental illness

Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient - This bestselling book provides the story of how a physician and patient partnered to successfully fight a crippling disease.  The author speaks of his personal experiences of recovery using laughter, his body's natural healing resources and his mind. Norman Cousins (1981). Bantam Books, New York, NY.

Coping with Voices: Self Help Strategies for People Who Hear Voices that are Distressing - The purpose of this self-help guide is to help you learn specific techniques that may enable you to gain control over or eliminate voices that you find distressing. Deegan, Patricia & Carolyn Affa (illustrator);

Dante's Cure - Catherine Penney, labeled with Schizophrenia in her teens, spent three years in a catatonic state at a psychiatric hospital.  Dante's Cure tells the moving true story of Catherine’s courageous journey, written by the doctor who treated her without using psychotropic drugs. Dorman, Daniel MD (2004).  Other Press: New York, NY.  Visit the National Empowerment Center website to

Emerging Best Practices in Mental Health Recovery Process Consumers, Clinicians and Community Supports can use these best practices to guide consumer recovery, identify the services and/or supports consumers need and assist them in receiving appropriate services and/or support when they need it. Ohio Department of Mental Health, Office of Consumer Services (1999), Columbus, OH.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy - This book uses a cognitive therapy approach to help consumers overcome the negative impact of their illness.  Several self-rating scales and practice exercises are included. David D. Burns, M.D. (Revised 1999). Signet Books, New York, NY. Order online via

The Feeling Good Handbook - This book provides consumers with a structured set of worksheets and practice exercises to help cope with their illness.       David D. Burns, M.D. (Revised 1999). Penguin Books, New York, NY. Order online via

New Vision of Recovery: You Too Can Recover From "Mental Illness" - In this book, Dr. Fisher provides an explanation of self-managed care, the self-managed care values he lives by, strategies helpful in healing his "mental illness", and how to connect and harmonize with people. Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.; National Empowerment Center, Lawrence, MA.

Nobody's Child  -Marie Balter's courageous story of hope and healing has inspired millions around the country.  After spending the first twenty years of her adult life in a mental hospital, she gradually emerged from the terror of the backwards, eventually to attend graduate school at Harvard University and become a leading champion or the mentally ill (Description from back cover of book).Balter, Marie and Richard Katz (1987).  Perseus Books, Cambridge, MA.'s%20Child

On Our Own - In this book, Judi Chamberlin tells of her experiences as a patient in both public and private psychiatric hospitals as well as the lessons she has learned. Chamberlin, Judi; National Empowerment Center.

PACE Recovery Series - Peer Assistance in Community Existence is a collection of training materials, curriculum guides, research and inspiration designed for individuals interested in furthering their own recovery as well as those who are training to become peer coaches and/or are interested in learning new skills to help others.
Materials can be purchased as a set or individually and includes:
* PACE, A Recovery Curriculum
* Recovery Through Peer Support Curriculum
* Recovery Through Peer Providers Video
* PACE Recovery Reader
* PACE, Recovery Guide        
National Empowerment Center.

Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook - Pathways to Recovery is a valuable resource for people who are embracing and mobilizing around a vision of recovery!   This workbook translates the evidence-based practice of the Strengths Model into a self-help approach towards recovery from psychiatric disability.  It guides readers through a process of self-assessment, self-discovery and planning that helps individuals set life goals and realize their dreams. Ridgway, P., McDiarmid, D., Davidson, L.,  Bayes, J. & Sarah Ratzlaff.  (2005). University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 

Recovery from Serious Mental Illnesses: Research Evidence and Implications for Practice—Volume 1
This book provides "over 30 years of accumulating evidence that challenges the long-held view that severe mental illnesses typically follow a deteriorating course" and "demonstrates that people with severe mental illnesses achieve higher levels of role functioning, adjustment, and subjective well-being than previously thought." Edited by Larry Davidson, Courtenay Harding, and LeRoy Spaniol (2005). Boston University: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Recovery: The New Force in Mental Health - This book includes a set of articles from consumers, family members, psychiatrists and mental health administrators in which they discuss recovery from their own perspective. Ohio Department of Mental Health, Office of Consumer Services (1994), Columbus, OH.

Through Madness to Deliverance - This book describes the day to day life at Soteria-House, the Northern California alternative to psychiatric hospitalization that proved that recovery is possible for individuals with schizophrenia and that it can be done without the use of psychotropic medications.  In this book, the program comes to life. The failures as well as the successes are described. Mosher, Loren MD and Voyce Hendrix with Deborah Fort (2004).  Xlibris Corporation: Philadelphia, PA. 

Telling is Risky Business  -"Through their own words, consumers allow a glimpse of life as they know it, struggling to overcome devastating diseases while withstanding the misconceptions, isolation, and discrimination--the stigma--that society imposes upon them." --Rosalynn Carter  Otto F. Wahl (1999). Rutgers University,  Press, New Brunswick, NJ. Order online via

The 12 Steps and Dual Disorders A framework of recovery for those with addiction and an emotional or psychiatric illness. Tim Hamilton and Pat Samples.

The 12 Steps and Dual Disorders (workbook) - The exercises and activities in this workbook will guide you through the Twelve Steps to help you organize and rebuild your life. Tim Hamilton and Pat Samples.

The Experience of Recovery - This book provides individual consumer accounts of their personal recovery journeys. Edited by LeRoy Spaniol and Martin Keohler (1994). Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Boston University. Order information

The Dual Disorders Recovery Book A Twelve Step program for those with addiction and an emotional or psychiatric illness. Dual Disorders Recovery Network.  .

The Hillside Diary and Other Writings  - This first person account gives a vivid, personal perspective of psychiatric treatment over the years—more importantly, it provides an intimate and honest portrayal of one person’s, and one family’s, tenacious struggle to reach beyond the anguish and frustrations of living with mental illness." By Robert Gary Neugeboren Edited and with an introduction by Jay Neugeboren (2004). Boston University: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  Order online.

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic - Starting with the belongings left behind in these individuals’ suitcases, the authors sifted through collections of photographs, old letters, diaries, archives, and personal mementos to uncover who these people were before they disappeared for decades behind the institution’s walls. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny (2008).  New York: Bellevue Literary Press.

The Loneliness Workbook - Loneliness is a strong contributor to depression and poor quality of life for people who experience psychiatric symptoms.  This book describes how to develop and keep a strong support system. Mary Ellen Copeland (2000). New Harbinger Publications.

The Recovery Workbook II: Connectedness - The Recovery Workbook II: Connectedness is the follow-up to the initial Recovery Workbook.  This workbook explores the relationship between connectedness and personal growth in the recovery process.  The book addresses four aspects of connectedness: with oneself, with others, with our environments, and with a larger meaning or purpose in life. Spaniol, LeRoy, Richard Bellingham, Barry Cohen and Susan Spaniol (2003).  Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Leader's Guide - The Recovery Workbook II: Connectedness -A guide for consumer and professional leaders who are using The Recovery Workbook II Spaniol, LeRoy, Richard Bellingham, Barry Cohen and Susan Spaniol (2003).  Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The Recovery Workbook: Practical Coping and Empowerment Strategies for People with Psychiatric Disability This book provides consumers a structured mechanism to address various aspects of recovery in their own journey.  Although designed to be used in a group, consumers can use this workbook on their own. Spaniol, LeRoy, Martin Koehler and Dori Hutchinson (1994). Boston University, Boston, MA: Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The Recovery Workbook: Leader's Guide - This book is to be used by clinicians and/or trained group facilitators to conduct recovery groups using "The Recovery Workbook." Spaniol, LeRoy, Martin Koehler and Dori Hutchinson (2000). Boston University, Boston, MA: Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Today I Will Do One Thing - Daily readings for awareness and hope for those of with addiction and emotional or psychiatric illness. Dual Disorders Recovery Network.

Voices of Hope and Recovery: Our Stories, Our Lives (set of 12 CDs) "The idea behind this project was to share our stories in our own words so that others may learn from our battles and their path to recovery might be easier. Our dream is that everyone will reclaim the person she or he was born to be."      Sally Zinman, Daniel Fisher, Dorothy Washburn Dundas, Pat Risser, Linda Corey, Mary Blake, Sharon Wise, Leah Harris, George Badillo, Chaya Grossberg, Aubrey Shomo, Melody Riefer and Chaya Grossberg tell about their lives and their recovery.  

Voices of Recovery  - Voices of Recovery consists of two different types of “voices.” The first “voice” is a selection of recovery stories... The second “voice” is a collection of PhotoVoice projects, which includes a photograph and a short narrative explaining the personal meaning behind the picture from the photographer’s point of view.Sue McNamara (Ed). (2009). Boston: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Winning Against Relapse - This workbook provides a carefully structured system that anyone can use to monitor symptoms and respond to them in a way that reduces or eliminates the possibility of relapse.Mary Ellen Copeland.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan - This book helps individuals use self-help skills more easily to monitor their symptoms, decrease the severity and frequency of symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.Mary Ellen Copeland.