Clubhouses stress ability, equality for Consumers/Survivors
edited: Saturday, September 15, 2001
By Lynda H Appell
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2001
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Clubhouses are innovative voc-rehab that prove consumers/survivors can and will be good workers if given a chance.
Club Houses stress equality and achievement for mental health consumers
by mugwort, 21st May 2001.
Clubhouses are innovative, democratic egalitarian programs where mental health consumers learn new employment skills in a cooperative, empowering environment.
Clubhouses stress equality
and achievement for mental health consumers/psychiatric survivors
One of the most innovative
psychosocial rehab ideas in the last fifty years is the clubhouse model.
A clubhouse is where mental health consumers/psych.survivors are given
an opportunity to be in environment where they and the staff are literally
equal. Every major decision is a group one and the majority rules. Each
person, one vote.
Besides being totally democratic,
it is also a place where consumers/survivors can learn new skills in computing,
office work, food service, maintenance, horticulture and more depending
on the clubhouse. It is also a site where
Mental health consumers/ can feel worthwhile and are judged by their
abilities, NOT their disabilities They can also find employment
in long term transitional employment or permanant employment.
Clubhouse I am a member
of has consumers on staff. Everyone is given a fair chance. There is one important requirement.
One has to be abiding by their professional treatment. Respect for others
is crucial. The staff and members are truly respectful of each other.
The concept started over
fifty years ago in NYC, NY with Fountain House. FH is still going strong.
They have clubmembers working at the Wall Street Journal, Village Voice
and other high profile firms. Overall clubhouses are for support, learning,
employment and they most importantly prove that people with mental health
issues if given a fair chance can and do succeed to be contributing members