Authors: Beth Fogerty and Trudy Fuller, VIC
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH,CONSUMERS, SERVICE-USER,SOCIAL INCLUSION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Integration into the community can present many concerns for consumers, families and workers. In promoting social integration, consumers have the opportunity to flourish in their communities and develop skills and interests otherwise not explored. By exploring the different stages consumers experienced in adapting to a community based day program model, this paper will discuss the barriers and successes that consumers have experienced. Examples will be presented detailing the different ways that consumers embrace change. An emphasis in these examples is how consumers, despite barriers and uncertainties, have grown in self confidence and skills through increased community involvement. In addition, this paper aims to encourage, workers, consumers and families of the benefits of embracing change and taking risks.