The Importance Of The Mental Health Community

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Introduction The societal issue that I have selected is that of community inclusion for those people suffering with mental health issue and their ability to successfully integrate into the community, after years of institutional living. Two cornerstone of community building is movement beyond problem solving toward changing conditions, and the people affected should play a major part in improving the conditions (Homan, 2011). For those who are affected by mental illness, it is key that they are given resources necessary to live and thrive in their new environment. Kiselica and Robinson (2001) as reported by Nilisson & Schmidt (2005) there are certain skills and attributes associated with a person’s ability to be effective with social justice…show more content…
The goal related to advocacy in support of the mental health community is the development of a community advisory board to connect the mental health community with other citizens which will create a platform to work and play together, creating a sense of belonging and community. The end results is a paradigm shift that does more than move people out of institutions, we are looking for a new agreement that will create change in the manner that we do business. A change in the community that alters the relationship creating a closer relationship (Horman, 2011). The objective is to develop proactive community relations integration strategies that address the needs and concerns of the community, to include the mental health community and their new neighbors. Another objective is to coordinate information, resources and services that will bridge the communities and allow for people to be ambassadors of good will which will be a vehicle to sustain a community that understands, cares and is responsive to the needs of those we service. Lastly, developing of on-going client/family/community stakeholders with adequate…show more content…
Collaboration is people agreeing to work together (Homan, 2011). As we go through the process of collaborating, conflicts will arise however, during these times of conflict which will usually be based on people’s perceptions and feelings, this writer would bring knowledgeable information to the table based on facts. We would not dismiss the conflict however, work through it; which would include allowing people the opportunity to vent. However through the collaboration we would create a shared vision. Through leadership and advocacy we become change agents that are building a web of support. Through advocacy we will be the glue that binds the community together through human rights
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