Authors: Tara Crossman
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: ARTS, BLOOMFIELD HOSPITAL, CAFE CLUB, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The CAFÉ Club an innovative program for helping women with Mental Health issues, return to life in their community. Staff identified a number of women with extended admissions and who were experiencing difficulty reintegrating back into the community. Run weekly and with a multi-disciplinary team providing staff support. A varying number of women attend coming from all walks of life and backgrounds with one common thread, they have all spent time in Bloomfield Hospital and are finding it hard to regain acceptance and confidence within the community. This paper describes the development, aims and outcomes of this group and discusses the impact the members feel this group has made on their ability to manage “normality” and life after acute mental illness.