Psychiatric Rehabilitation is often seen as something that is a ‘lost cause’ by many. There is a belief that either mental illness does not exist at all or anyone suffering from it cannot be helped. This is a distasteful belief that we must break if we are to ever move forward as a community. Today, we share some personal stories on how you can empower those who are recovering from psychiatric rehabilitation.
Never question the strength that companionship can lend to someone who feels lost or is in the crux of mental illness. There is a reason why psychiatric rehabilitation is often done in groups or as a social construct. The need for companionship is high. If you know anyone who has ever had any history of psychiatric rehabilitation, simply being there for them as a friend does wonders.
You empower them by providing them a safe space to sort out any social anxieties they may have. It may be difficult for you and if it is, seek out help and useful guidelines so that you can empower them more. A couple of our writers are very thankful for the companionship that they discovered in their aftercare program group therapy. That space and the volunteers truly helped out. They were able to relax and not have to worry about being judged for something that was beyond their control.
Provide Employment Opportunities
This does not mean that you should open up your own business simply to provide this opportunity. This can mean something as simple as locating a job opening and connecting them to it. You can explain why you think they would be a good fit. Remember that those that come from psychiatric rehabilitation often struggle with self-confidence. A kind word or two regarding their good qualities and how that would translate to responsibilities is a good way to empower them.
This website, in a way, offers this form of empowerment. Many of the writers on our team had so much knowledge to offer but did not have the space to do so.
The Bottom Line
Psychiatric rehabilitation can be a tricky subject to address as people are often automatically wary of anyone who has mentioned that they have gone through it. If you base it off popular culture and even on private conversations with friends, walls automatically go up (whether they realize it or not). Mental illness is something that is quite real and can affect just about anyone. We need to consciously empower those recovering from psychiatric rehabilitation—it’s the right thing to do.