b'Adapted from information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) RECOVERY FROM MENTAL ILLNESS Successful recovery from a mental illness or other psychological condition is a process that involves learning about the condition and the treatments that are available; empowering oneself through the support of peers, family and the campus community; and taking action to create and implement a plan to manage the illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illnesss In Our Own Voice, a live presentation by persons who have experienced mental illness, offers living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality. Science has greatly expanded our understanding and treatment options. Once forgotten in mental institutions, individuals now have a real chance at reclaiming full, productive lives, but only if they have access to the treatments, services and programs so vital to recovery as follows: Newer classes of medications and improved psychotherapy protocols are increasingly effective in treating mental illnesses. Eighty percent of people suffering from bipolar disorder and 65 percent of people with major depression respond quickly to treatment; additionally, 60 percent of people with schizophrenia can be relieved of acute symptoms and learn to manage their environment.Mental Health Concerns157'