A clubhouse is a restorative and safe environment for people who have had their lives dramatically disrupted by a mental illness and need the support of others who believe that recovery is possible. A psychiatric diagnosis often leaves consumers isolated, hopeless and lacking the skills and support to rejoin their communities as independent, productive members of society. Through Clubhouse membership, participants are given the opportunity to rejoin the worlds of friendships, families, job skills, employment, education and access to the services and supports they need. The Clubhouse Model, which began in 1961, is currently being successfully used in over 30 countries around the world and is a proven method of psychiatric rehabilitation.
The Clubhouse model is based on the belief that every member can recover from the effects of mental illness and have a personally satisfying life. At Focus Clubhouse, all members, even those struggling with the most severe mental illnesses, can make a contribution to the work of the Clubhouse and build their confidence and ability to maintain relationships. We know that shared work is restorative and forms a foundation for growth and achievement, but we also believe in the power of socializing and having fun. Our goal is to create a sense of community and belonging.
A great many adults who have serious mental illnesses have repeated mental health crises resulting in frequent hospitalizations and encounters with law enforcement. The power of the Clubhouse International model is its effectiveness in keeping members out of crisis and on a path to recovery.