Saturday, 23rd April 2016

Hope for Recovery

'People living with enduring mental illness are often appallingly lonely.'

"The film "Beautiful Mind", about the Nobel Prize - winning mathematician John F. Nash Jr., portrays his recovery from schizophrenia as hard-won, awe-inspiring and unusual. What most people do not realise is that many people with schizophrenia, perhaps more than half, do significantly improve or recover. That is, they can function socially, work, relate well to others and live in the larger community.

Although there are many pathways to recovery, several factors stand out. They include a home, friends and integration in the community. They also include hope, relearned optimism and self-sufficiency." [Harding, C., 2002]

The Haven Foundation with the assistance of the Havenhub Committee plans to facilitate community inclusion, family connectedness, healthy living, education and vocational outcomes through their Haven Unit projects. The process is inclusive of service providers, participants, family, and carers and is seen as a joint undertaking to help bring about change in individuals' lives.

People living with enduring mental illness are often appallingly lonely. They are in the community but not part of it. Supported housing offers which meets the criteria of having flexible, individualised care and voluntary services that come and go depending on the individuals' needs and choices.

The Haven South Yarra Project was funded by The Office of Housing, Victoria.


Courtenay M. Harding is a senior director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.