Reintegration after prolonged mental disorders

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Social innovation


A number of social evolutions lead to new needs for various vulnerable groups in society, in particular: - Weakening of social support systems due to changes in social patterns (working parents, single-parent families, less care, ...). - Long-term residential care for people with a mental illness has been reduced since quite some time. - An increasingly complex society where citizens should always take more personal responsibility. During the past decades, Belgium already created a number of custom care services for this target group have, such as sheltered housing, Psychiatric nursing homes, Centers for mental health, ... Nevertheless, the need for strengthening this group remains within the range of outpatient counseling. A lot of centers are offering this outpatient counseling are looking for opportunities to create added value in the recovery of this target group. With this project we want to find, within the border regions United Kingdom, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, partners who have ideas to strengthen outpatient care for people with long-term mental illness, we want to benchmark together and exchange "best practices" in order optimize reintegration. Central to this is the contemporary vision of recovery and empowerment. Looking at the fieldwork, we note that projects on home care and ambulatory care for people with mental illness were developed in different regions, often by trial and error and that discussion and exchange of these different methods across borders could be surrounded by a strong plea to strengthen this type of care. Within this project we want to face four areas of life: 1. Meeting: - buddie contact: testing and exploring their own situation (sharing experience), launch of empowerment, break out of isolation; - A step towards society activities (e.g. cultural activities); - Training for basic skills (communication, organization); - Acquiring improved accessibility in society (e.g. in the field of sport); - A 'safe haven' for no-obligation meeting; - Provide structure in daily life. 2. Leisure: - Here it is the guidance of clients in choosing, finding and maintaining a proper leisure. The activities take both in groups and/or individual. This guidance addresses the need concrete support in putting major steps: making contacts, finding a suitable offer. 3. Work - This is a collective term for those activities aimed at assessing job opportunities, maintaining or acquiring work skills. The emphasis is on individual support. The applied methods include supported employment, supported employment, job coaching, teaching work attitudes, ... 4. Formation - Within the Meeting House accessible training activities can be organized to help clients to acquire necessary skills to participate in society. They can also be a bridge towards training initiatives outdoors. For this purpose, the guidance can also provide support. In a note, supported by the E, named "Long-term mental health care for people with severe mental disorders", by Jose Miguel Caldas de Almeida and Helen Killaspy in 2011, the consensus on shifting from long term admission in traditional psychiatric hospitals towards care to comprehensive community care-based models is put more explicit.

Creation date: 31/05/2016

Bloc onglets

Bloc 1

Overall objective

The main goal is to set up an exchange model in which different operating models are compared with each other and customized care plans can be developed. Doing this together with various partners a smoother and more sustainable way of integration can be obtained In a further stage of the project it must be the intention to set a target towards integration activities, On of the targets could be on the reintegration of persons with mental illness in regular work processes. Another can refer to creating open groups where people with a mental illness and others may seek within a common goal for meaningful interpretation of leisure. Working on independency and autonomy with an accompaniment on medium and long distance for as large as possible group of persons with mental illness.

Bloc 2


At the end of the project we want to have an amount of working centers, who are able to guide people affected with a long term mental illness towards a self-governing life. We want to put evaluation figures on the project together with the possible partners.

Bloc 3

Expected result

Creating a better life and integration, by leading them to work and offering possibilities to leisure, for people affected with long term mental problems.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

Changes in society, as mentioned above, are surely not longer an issue of on state or country, but are mainly globalized. Working on these issues is no longer a matter for one country but a common issue. Working together, sometimes from a complete different point of view, can be an eye-opener for all who ar involved in working in this field. Even working together can create possibilities for people with mental problems to travel within the concerned region and encounter possibilities in other places.