Organization: International Centre for Clubhouse Development
Forum: Mental health
A Clubhouse is a local community center that offers people living with mental illnesses hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential. It is based on the belief that work and normalized social and recreational opportunities are instrumental to an individual’s wellbeing and recovery. Clubhouse members are not seen as patients but as valued participants, colleagues and contributors.
The basic components of successful Clubhouses are:
The Clubhouse model is replicable in any location because it relies on the concepts of community and local cultural norms; there are currently 330 Clubhouses across 33 countries over 6 continents.
Each year, Clubhouses are accessed by about 100,000 people with mental health problems, of whom about 60,000 are active members and regular users. Clubhouses have been shown to deliver the following benefits: