Mental health, participation and social identity

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    This chapter aims to contribute to an understanding of the social dimension the concept of participation and the meaning participation can have for mental health and identity. In order to increase participation, it is important to support the personal recovery process of each individual. However since participation can function as a link between individuals and society, health and welfare services should also provide opportunities for social inclusion and reciprocal relationships. According to the theories of Goffman (1967) and Mead (1934/1967) face-toface interaction is of central importance for identity formation. Breakwell (1986) studied how people act when they feel that their identity is threatend. If you have a mental disorder, it is very likely that both the disorder itself and the reaction form the outside world will increase the feeling of threath. This is in line with Goffman (1963), who pointed out how people with mental illness protect their identities through consealment in order to avoid stigmatisation. Changes in the organisation of mental health services, from a mainly hospital-based psychiatry towards mental health work in local communities, have highlited issues of participation, social incluison and integration for people who live with mental health problems. Aiming to support people in daily life, community mental health services that facilitate active participation are encouraged internationally (WHO 2001b, 2005,2013). From these perspectives, we will present our studies from a Danish ond Norwegian community mental health service, and relate our findings and the discussion of them to the overall themes of participation, social identity and mental helath.
    TitelParticipation in Health and Welfare Services : Professionel concepts and lived eksperience
    RedaktørerArne H. Eide, Staffan Josephsson, Kjersti Vik
    Antal sider14
    ISBN (Trykt)978-1-138-64485-4
    StatusUdgivet - 2017


    • Socialt arbejde og sociale forhold