Role of community in mental health treatment
Updated: Nov 3, 2021
A community plays an important role in bringing together people with similar experiences and enables them to flourish in their journey. However, this angle is often ignored when it comes to mental healthcare. We’ve outlined the benefits of communities and support groups for individuals and caregivers, distilling insights from several research reports.
Shared experiences, a sense of belonging.
Engaging with people who’ve been on similar journeys instil a sense of belonging - especially for a group that is marginalised to a certain extent. Finding a tribe lifts the weight of judgement and fear of sharing as there’s a support system that uplifts and empathises.
Sharing experiences and learnings nudge members to become more involved in community conversation. As this process unfolds, learning is disseminated and adopted by others in the circle who might find it suitable in their situation. Enabling others to grow instills deep confidence that helps in an individual’s journey too.
Long term recovery.
Studies conducted to assess the usefulness of communities in the process of healing and betterment have shown an improved quality of life alongside decreased re-hospitalisations. These healthy behaviours incl