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Empowering People with Severe Mental IllnessA Practical Guide$
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Donald M. Linhorst

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171877.001.0001

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Creating and Living Empowered Lives

Creating and Living Empowered Lives

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Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

Donald M. Linhorst

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the opportunities and limitations to empowering people with severe mental illness. It then explores the roles that the following parties play in promoting empowerment: people with mental illness, mental health and other service providers and administrators, mental health advocacy groups, planners and policy makers, and researchers and evaluators. The chapter discusses what it means, and does not mean, for people with severe mental illness to live empowered lives. It concludes that the state of people with mental illness living an empowered life is dynamic and situational. Thus, it is incumbent upon everyone to continually work to create opportunities for empowerment, and to develop and maintain the conditions for empowerment so that these opportunities can be realized.

Keywords:   empowerment, mental illness, service providers, administrators, advocacy groups, policy makers, researchers

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