Recovery in mental health terms is a process of regaining a purposeful life. Much can be lost through mental illness including; social life, financial stability, cognitive functioning, family relationships, employment, accommodation, self-esteem. All these things contribute to a purposeful life and may take some time to recover, and may also recover to varying degrees. Recovery is not necessarily a total return to a level of functioning as it was before the illness. It is the ability for a person to be able to cope, function, and serve a worthwhile purpose with their life, while possibly still experiencing some symptoms.