The meaning and experience of engaging in the Meitheal Mara project for adults with mental health problems: a qualitative study
Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork
Background: Globally, the rates of mental illness continue to increase significantly, and the burden of mental illness is underestimated for several reasons, with the rate to be generally higher in women than in men. In Ireland, with increase rate in suicide and self-harm, there have been various rehabilitation model to help the population. Community-based mental rehabilitation has proved to be effective in multiple contexts. Objectives: The main aim of this study was to explore the meaning and experience of participating in a community-based rehabilitation program for people with mental health problems. Methods: A qualitative study design was used to explore the meaning and experience of engaging in a community-based rehabilitation service. A semi-structured interview was conducted with eight people who were currently engaged in the Meitheal Mara project. Data received from the interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: Four main themes emerged from the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Theme 1: Teamwork. Theme 2: Expectation and Motivation. Theme 3: Skills and Social Rehabilitation. Theme 4: Psychological Rehabilitation. Conclusion: The centre brings physical, educational, social and psychological support to people with a mental health problem in the society, through indigenous and culturally acceptable facilities that are integrated into the community. This was used to attain community-based rehabilitation which is an essential part of social and psychological rehabilitation. The vocational and social skills learnt in the centre allow the participants to find meaning and purpose in what they have experience.
Meitheal Mara , Adults , Mental health problems , Mental illness , Suicide , Self-harm , Community-based mental rehabilitation , Psychological rehabilitation , Social rehabilitation
Akintola, A. (2018) The meaning and experience of engaging in the Meitheal Mara project for adults with mental health problems: a qualitative study. Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork.
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