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Strategies for encouraging and maintaining hope among people living with serious mental illness

Citation

Darlington, Y and Bland, R, Strategies for encouraging and maintaining hope among people living with serious mental illness, Australian Social Work, 52, (3) pp. 17-23. ISSN 0312-407X (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03124079908414131

Abstract

This paper reports part of the results of a study of hope in mental illness. The focus of this paper is on the mental health worker's role in fostering and maintaining a sense of hope in people with serious mental illness. Six experienced mental health workers report on the strategies they use to foster and maintain hope in their clients; and six experienced consumers of mental health services report on things workers have done that have enabled them to develop or maintain a sense of hope. Approaches identified include: working within the client's frame of reference, focusing on the client's strengths, acknowledging small gains, making links to past gains, being genuine, helping clients to understand their illness, understanding the importance of achievement and holding on to hope when the client has none. © 1999, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Social Work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
UTAS Author:Bland, R (Professor Robert Bland)
ID Code:16953
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-12
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