My father passed away when I was fifteen years old. He was an amazing man but like so many, suffered from depression and alcohol dependence. As a result, he lost his job, friends, self-esteem and sadly his life. Mental illness and substance abuse touch each of us in one way or another. Therefore, it’s up to us as a community to provide hope and break down the stigma attached to these chronic health conditions. Clubhouses are a unique model that empowers individuals with mental health issues. They provide hope to families and demonstrate to the community that a person is much more than a diagnosis. A Clubhouse is a vital resource which is needed in our community. - Stefanie, President Kindred Clubhouse
The Clubhouse Model for mental health recovery is an evidence-based, cost-effective community program for youth and adults, 18 and older, living with mental illness (www.iccd.org
). It provides important services that are currently not available due to recent mental health cuts across Victoria. The Clubhouse Model, which has been in practice for over 60 years, is endorsed by the National Alliance of Mental Illness and the World Health Organization.
There is significant research which substantiates the effectiveness of the Clubhouse approach (www.iccd.org/recent_research.html
One study has demonstrated that the Clubhouse three-tiered employment program has had better outcomes than other employment programs. Surveys have found that Clubhouse Members reported a higher quality of life, and are more likely to believe that they can recover from mental illness when compared with participants in other model.
Clubhouses offer members:
A work-ordered day in which talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse.
Member participation in Clubhouse consensus-based decision making.
Opportunities to obtain paid employment through Transitional, Supported and Independent Employment Programs.
Assistance in accessing community-based educational resources.
Access to crisis intervention services when needed.
Evening/weekend social and recreational events.
Assistance in securing and sustaining safe, decent and affordable housing.
There are currently nine Clubhouses across Australia however none in Victoria. Due to recent recommissioning and funding cuts there are fewer community resources for individuals with mental health issues and a serious gap in service provision. We are asking for your support to urge our leaders to help fund the development of Kindred Clubhouse on the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula. We believe the development of Kindred Clubhouse is a much needed resource. Your support can make the Clubhouse a reality.