"Who believes most in me and in my recovery": the importance of families for persons with serious mental illness living in structured community housing.

Title"Who believes most in me and in my recovery": the importance of families for persons with serious mental illness living in structured community housing.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPiat M, Sabetti J, MJ Fleury, Boyer R, Lesage A
JournalJ Soc Work Disabil Rehabil
Volume10
Issue1
Pagination49-65
Date Published2011
ISSN1536-7118
Abstract

In this article, the authors report on qualitative findings on the role of family in supporting recovery for mental health consumers living in structured, community housing in a large Canadian city. Despite living separately from families and relying heavily on formal services, residents identified their families more often than mental health professionals, friends, and residential caregivers as those who most believe in them and their recovery. Families supported recovery by providing affection and belonging, offering emotional and instrumental support, and by staying actively involved with residents. Families are a vital, untapped resource for social workers in promoting independent living.

DOI10.1080/1536710X.2011.546310
Alternate JournalJ Soc Work Disabil Rehabil
PubMed ID21360400
PubMed Central IDPMC4835237
Grant List81110-1 / / Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Canada