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Brief: Mentally Ill Can Assist in Recovery in New Day Program

April 15, 2008 — In what organizers call a Caribbean first, mentally ill patients can participate in a program that allows them to help in their own recovery.
Clear Blue Sky is a community-based day program that complements psychiatric treatment and social services for the mentally ill, people recently released from medical care or those having trouble fitting in to the community, according to a news release from the organization.
While the program is brand new to the Caribbean, there are more than 400 Clubhouses worldwide.
The organization is working to reach the mentally ill and their caregivers and get the word out to the community about Clear Blue Sky. Jack Yatsko, director of training for the International Center for Clubhouse Development, will make two presentations next week at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort. He will detail the program to health professionals at 9 a.m. Monday and to the general public at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The Clubhouse approach is based on a work-ordered day, where members help organize and accomplish Clubhouse activities, along with opportunities for paid employment with local businesses, according to the release. Participation in the various programs develops confidence. Work and social activities are meaningful and help members regain their senses of self-worth, confidence and purpose. Any type of constructive effort is given ongoing support by the other members and the staff of the Clubhouse.
For more information, contact Arlene Monaghan at 340-774-9668, 340-775-6984 or 334-309-6432, or send an email.
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