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Glossary of Terms


For Experts

  • There is no universally agreed definition for this term, however, the concept is widely endorsed.
  • Refers to the personally contextualized, self-determined journey to good well-being when a person has a mental disorder, a chronic physical health condition, or chronic pain. 
  • An ongoing process of change that increases the person’s well-being, including symptom reduction but also living a meaningful life where the person has positive mental health, is hopeful and optimistic, and is participating and contributing (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2017; College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2018).

For General Public

  • The personalized journey to a way of living that allows a person with a physical or mental health condition to have positive mental health and good well-being.

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