Social Investment and Mental Health


in Social Work and Social Development

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732326
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863471 | DOI:
Social Investment and Mental Health

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The conventional model of treatment for mental illness involves a dynamic of expert and patient. By contrast, a social development approach to treating mental illness embraces the core tenets of the client-led wellness, recovery and resiliency movement. This chapter compares the two approaches and explores how a social development approach can harness social capital and human capital to promote wellness and integrate mentally ill people into their communities. These principles are explored through a case study of the Village, a residential community located in Long Beach, California, where clients are involved in every level of organizational decision-making, provide peer-support services, and run businesses including catering and a credit union.

Keywords: recovery; mental health; mental illness; social work; social development

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