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Fountain HouseCreating Community in Mental Health Practice$
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Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157100

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157100.001.0001

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A Place for Recovery in the Community

A Place for Recovery in the Community

(p.137) Afterword A Place for Recovery in the Community
Fountain House

Alan Doyle

Julius Lanoil

Kenneth J. Dudek

Columbia University Press

This afterword evaluates current mental health practice. Social isolation has become the number one problem faced by people suffering from mental illness. The most common form of support for mentally-ill patients is the case management program that usually involves a once-a-week visit for therapy and a monthly medication check with a psychiatrist. While this kind of program assumes that mentally ill patients will be accepted into society after completing a series of mental health services, the reality is otherwise. The chapter highlights the importance of a place like the Fountain House, which offers an alternative mutual aid approach for these patients. The mutual aid approach advocates the establishment of places in society where people living with mental illness can meet, organize, and utilize their talents to help each other.

Keywords:   mental health practice, social isolation, mental illness, case management program, therapy, medication check, psychiatrist, Fountain House, mutual aid approach

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