Hope - Finding and nurturing hope has been described as a key to recovery.
Secure base - having appropriate housing, a sufficient income, freedom from violence, and adequate access to health care
Self - Recovering a durable sense of self (identity) if it has been lost or taken away
Supportive relationships - being in the presence of others who stand by me &
believe in my potential to recover
Empowerment and Inclusion - developing the confidence for independent, assertive decision making and having choices over my life
Coping strategies - Developing coping and problem solving skills to manage individual traits and problem issues - identify key stress points and possible crisis points.
Meaning - Developing a sense of meaning and overall purpose. This may involve recovering or developing a social or work role. It may also involve renewing or finding a guiding philosophy, religion, political affiliation or culture. (Wikipedia, 2010)
This video is one man's journey of recovery from mental illness. He has some good tips.