1st Edition

Community-Based Mental Healthcare for Psychosis From Homelessness to Recovery and Continued In-home Support

By Peter Dierinck Copyright 2023
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    This eye-opening book explores the need for, and how to successfully organize, community mental health teams that provide in-home care and treatment for people experiencing mental health difficulties, particularly those suffering with psychosis.

    With an emphasis on community-based care and democratic psychiatry, the book presents two paradigm shifts necessary to bring mental healthcare directly into the community. The first is shifting perceptions from thinking of patients to recognizing those in need of care as members of the public moving away from a biomedical diagnostic approach. The second shift is the provision of support for the community environment, its families, friends, and neighbours to pave the way for hospitableness towards people with mental health issues in a way that encourages compassion, empathy, and a respect for differences. Through clinical case material, anthropological and phenomenological methods, and personal experience in community-based care, Peter Dierinck presents new models for sheltered housing and innovative ways for struggling individuals to secure paid work within a community system.

    Community-based Mental Healthcare for Psychosis is important reading for psychiatric professionals, clinicians, social workers, caregivers, and all mental health professionals looking after psychiatric patients with complex care needs.

    Introduction  1. On Model Railways  2. Homeless and in Mental Ill Health  3. Care in the Community: Recovery  4. Care in the Community: Quartermaking  5. Conclusion: Psychiatry in Recovery


    Peter Dierinck has worked since 1987 within psychiatric institutions in Belgium, for the most part in Psychiatrisch centrum Gent-Sleidinge on a ward for homeless people. Since 2018 he has also worked for vzw Psyche on a Flemish project ‘Quartermaking’, a method for inclusion in the community.