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Community Psychology and Community Mental HealthTowards Transformative Change$
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Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.001.0001

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Who Is John?

Who Is John?

Community Integration as a Paradigm for Transformative Change in Community Mental Health

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(p.228) 11 Who Is John?
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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health
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Mark S. Salzer

Richard C. Baron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.003.0011

This chapter argues that there is a need to change the narratives of people with lived experience of mental illness from that of “patients” to people. It argues that the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning is one tool that can be used to change this narrative by focusing on different life domains in their community contexts. Moreover, it asserts that communities can enhance the integration of people with lived experience of mental illness by providing opportunities for community participation, encouraging typical community participation that is similar to that experienced by people not currently experiencing mental health challenges, building people’s social networks and natural supports, and using mainstream resources. The chapter also notes the many barriers that must be overcome to achieve community integration and inclusion.

Keywords:   community integration, inclusion, participation, social networks, barriers

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