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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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Recovering Community in Mental Health

Recovering Community in Mental Health

The Contributions and Challenges of Community Psychology

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(p.205) 10 Recovering Community in Mental Health
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Community Psychology and Community Mental Health
Author(s):

Bret Kloos

Greg Townley

Victoria H. Chien

Betsy A. Davis

Laura Kurzban

David Asiamah

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362424.003.0010

The focus of this chapter is on community change. The chapter tackles issues of access to community life, social exclusion, marginalization, prejudice, and discrimination, pointing to how community interventions can promote access to housing, social connection and inclusion, participation in community associations, and active citizenship. It re-examines the importance of these social relationships and structural factors in mental health and well-being and propose promoting community-centered priorities for programs and policies that go beyond trying to help people “fit in.” The chapter argues that new models of mental health promotion must conceptualize how individuals can participate in community settings, how communities must change to create opportunities for participation, and how mental health systems can promote such opportunities. The chapter suggests that hallmarks of successful efforts to recover community in mental health include opportunities for participation, choice in participation, access to local resources, and shared local responsibility for initiatives.

Keywords:   social exclusion, discrimination, housing, inclusion, participation, citizenship, mental health, community psychology

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