Monday, 14 June 2010

Traditional cohorts in mental health

Service providers, staff, service users and carers are often perceived as the main groups comprising the traditional cohort of secondary mental health care provision.  All this changes when mainstream practice is incorporated into care pathways.  

The effect of mainstreaming is that it introduces new stakeholders into the equation. Stakeholders chosen by the client as part of his or her recovery.  Person-centred practice is designed to enable the person in recovery to access activities and outlets of their own choice in the mainstream environment.  These outlets can be anywhere and everywhere, depending on the client's personal goals, hopes and aspirations.

Mainstream effectively destroys the stigma attached to recovery as it is longer attached to special settings,  wherever this is the individual's preferred choice.

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