ON MENTAL ILLNESS
THE CHARLOTTE CLUBHOUSE IS THE SOLUTION PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
Let us tell you how it works.
Charlotte Clubhouse is organized around its members. And the people who come and participate are its members. As you would guess, membership in the clubhouse is open to anyone who has a history of mental illness. The idea of membership is an important one. Being part of an organization means that an individual has both shared ownership as well as shared responsibility for the success of the Charlotte Clubhouse as an organization.
TO BE A MEMBER MEANS TO BELONG.
TO ALWAYS BE WELCOMED.
AND TO FIT IN.
To feel this is powerful. Especially when living with mental illness.
The reality of living with a mental illness can feel like always
struggling to feel accepted, always fearing rejection,
and always suffering alone.
It’s one thing to suffer. It’s another thing to suffer alone.
STIGMA IS A ROADBLOCK TO RECOVERY
COMMON TERMS LIKE CRAZY, DISABLED AND MENTAL PATIENT ADD TO THE DIVISION BETWEEN PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.
These labels segregate, define inabilities, create biased mental pictures of what they look like and can even inspire fear in our homes and communities. These terms carry weight, especially when internalized, and lead to assumptions that a mental illness makes a person needy, a burden, or helpless.
CHARLOTTE CLUBHOUSE PERSPECTIVE
IT IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS ARE PEOPLE FIRST AND ALWAYS. THEY ARE NOT TREATED AS A PATIENT OR DEFINED BY A DISABILITY LABEL.
Each member is a valued participant in the clubhouse and in our community. They can achieve their dreams as well as transform their lives for the better. They are seen as a colleague and as a person who contributes to the rest of the group. They are part of the Charlotte Clubhouse Community that is engaged in important and impactful work.
People know my name, my talents, my interests, and what I want to do with my life. The Clubhouse is a place where you can let go of your anger and sadness and people care about you. It is somewhere where you can find friends who are like you. With this kind of community, you can achieve your life goals
THE IMPACT CHARLOTTE CLUBHOUSE HAS ON MENTAL ILLNESS
IN A NON-CLINICAL WAY
The impactful work done in our clubhouse is a daily opportunity to participate and it reinforces a sense of belonging. Participation is voluntary, not required. However, there is always enough work to be done, more than just a few employed staff can accomplish. Members and staff work side-by-side in daily work. That includes clerical duties, reception, food service, maintenance, transportation management, managing employment and education programs, research, outreach, financial services and more.
Being a member and as a person living with mental illness, the Charlotte Clubhouse provides opportunities to share in creating successful achievements and transformation as a community. At the same time, it provides the necessary support and guidance to achieve that as an individual as well.
To facilitate wellness, happiness, a sense of achievement, and a stable quality of life through meaningful work, supportive community, and creative endeavors for individuals impacted by mental illness.
Of people in the U.S. have a serious mental illness. Charlotte has about 44,000.
With mental illness are housed in under-equipped US jails. 35,000 are in hospitals.
$3000 A DAY
Spent on an inpatient hospitalization. The average time spent is nearly 14 days.
1 in 4
People around the world suffer from mental disorders — more than cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
Of people hospitalized for mental illness in a year are re-hospitalized again that same year.
Clubhouse accounts for reducing the re-hospitalization rates from 27% down to 1%.
Mental illness accounts for 20% of the global burden of disease. Only 3% of the world’s healthcare budgets goes to mental health needs.
Spent directly and indirectly on mental illness. We will spend $6 trillion by 2030 worldwide, more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
90 EVERY HOUR
Nearly 2,200 people/day (800,000/year) die by suicide—90% related to mental disorders.
People each year are reached by 320+ Clubhouses in 34 countries.
42% More JOBS
Employment rate at Accredited Clubhouses annually – compared to 21%
of the rate for people in the public mental health system.
$42,000 A YEAR
The same amount spent for 14 days of hospitalization for 1 person can cover an entire year of clubhouse services for 1 person.
EVERY SINGLE MEMBER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SUFFICIENTLY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOVER FROM THE EFFECTS OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Charlotte Clubhouse is a community of people with a passion and the purpose that are dedicated to each other’s definition of success, no matter how long or how difficult.
ARE THE FOUNDATION
Work, and bridging opportunities for work, building relationships for restorative growth and achievement.
It is a normal part of a person’s recovery path to include social and recreational wellness opportunities too, and Clubhouse supports that.
THE ENVIRONMENT AND STRUCTURES DESIGNED WITHIN OUR CLUBHOUSE ARE INTENTIONAL
THEY WERE CREATED TO ALLOW AS MANY CHANCES FOR HUMAN INTERACTION AND WORK AS POSSIBLE.
Staffing levels in the Charlotte Clubhouse are purposefully kept low to create constant need for members to be involved in the process of meaningful work. Staff and members rely on each other for success individually as well as success as a Clubhouse. Working closely together each day, highlighting each person’s talents, strengths and abilities, members and staff build strong and lasting relationships.
The role of the staff is NOT to treat members as patients or students. They are there to engage
them as colleagues, gathered together for the purpose of encouraging confidence and showing
compassion. The staff serve as employees, talented scouts and cheerleaders alongside each
88% of all donations go directly towards member needs. 12% goes into spreading the awareness of mental wellness and the Charlotte Clubhouse model.
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Where Mental Wellness Thrives.
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Physical Address: 2434 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205