Hope is defined as the feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. It is something that makes us feel happy and comes from within. We each feel hope in a different way and as such, express it uniquely.

Resiliency is the ability to adjust to change in tough times. We act upon feelings of resiliency when we choose to better ourselves; never giving up when we have bad days or make mistakes.

The equation is simple: Hope + Resiliency = Recovery

The Road to Recovery

Imagine the struggle someone has with mental illness. The end of the battle might never seem near, and life begins to feel more and more hopeless as the days pass by. Isolation sets in. Eventually, suicide might become a viable option for the victim of mental illness. At this point, it is crucial for intervention to take place.

Whether friends or family step in or the individual who is suffering asks for help, the shift towards recovery begins. However, recovery can be easier said than done. It could happen quick and simple for some; longer and more difficult for others. We encourage you to never be afraid to talk about mental illness, especially in your community. In doing so, you are spreading hope and resiliency.

Hope can come from:

  • Words of encouragement from friends and family
  • Meeting new people with similar experiences and sharing personal stories
  • Attending talks from speakers who have grown from mental illness

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.” – Victor Havel

Resiliency can be found by:

  • Treating every event that could be negatively perceived as a learning experience
  • Offering gratitude and giving back to the community
  • Laughing and embracing your sense of humour
  • Listening to music that inspires you and boosts your mood
  • Developing healthy habits such as exercising or meditation
  • Journaling and writing down, daily, a few things that you are grateful for

“[Highly resilient people] expect to bounce back and feel confident that they will. They have a knack for creating good luck out of circumstances that many others see as bad luck.” – Al Siebert


Keep in mind that hope and resiliency should not be compared to anyone else’s expression of these feelings. Doing so only implements unrealistic expectations and the possibility of disappointment. Only you know yourself best! Embrace your uniqueness!

Have confidence and trust that your hope and resiliency will bring you to recovery!

“Hope & Resiliency”, CASP, ACPS
“Having Hope”, CASP / ACPS
“The 5 Best Ways to Build Resiliency”, Experience Life


Lindsey Locke | SOS Media Corp | Copywriter