Discharge And Carer Involvement In Mental Health Services

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Meeting the complex and multi-dimensional client needs will require the involvement of several agencies that are involved in service delivery especially for people living with mental illness (Rosenberg & Hickie 2013).The provision of mental health services to people living with mental health illness has been acknowledged as a challenge facing government and non-government institutions alike(Rosenberg & Hickie 2013). People living with mental illness can recover from their mental illness and be able to function in the community with good access to the right combination of medical, rehabilitation, support services, psychosocial services and good mental health services (Martz & Newbill 2014). World health organisation (WHO) (2008) stated …show more content…
The Victorian auditor General’s Office in 2002 was critical of standard or discharge planning in the mental health services in Victoria. This was as a result of the high level of readmission following discharge from these institutions. In my mental health services, a discharge plan in set in motion at the point of patient admission and worked through as patient care progresses. This amongst other things involves reviewing the discharge plan collaboratively with the client and their carer who for a good number of times happen to be a client’s relative. Part of the process is to educate the carer of the warning signs of relapse that sets off an alarm bell to contact the mental health service. Unfortunately, we are faced with the challenge of dealing with carers who has little knowledge about mental illness, experiencing mental illness themselves or have their own unrealistic expectation of client improvement, which often in some of the patients getting back to the mental health service in a bad state, ( Schulz & Sherwood 2008). Schulz & Sherwood (2008) described a carer as a person who life is affected by their close relationship with consumer who has a caring role with the consumer. The effect on carer burden with a relative affected by mental illness is huge since mental health became more community focused (Schulz & Sherwood 2008). Mental health services are expected to include carer in their services. clinical issue face by mental health services in integrating carer into their services includes, breach of privacy and confidentiality, policy and law, family knowledge about mental illness ,when client is treated at a services that is far from their family which makes organising family meeting difficult at times. Privacy and

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