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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


RAMAFIKENG, Matumo et al. Experiences of adults with psychiatric disabilities participating in an activity programme at a psychosocial rehabilitation centre in the Western Cape. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2020, vol.50, n.2, pp.44-51. ISSN 2310-3833.

INTRODUCTION: Adults with psychiatric disabilities require continued community-based care to support their recovery and community reintegration. Community-based mental health services such as psychosocial rehabilitation day centres and group homes were initiated to support community reintegration of these adults. However, these services are limited and opportunities for adults with psychiatric disabilities to engage in meaningful occupations that promote occupational well-being are scarce, particularly in South Africa. In addition, literature exploring the experiences of adults with psychiatric disabilities using these services, is limited. The aim of the study was to describe the adults with psychiatric disabilities' experiences of participating in an activity programme at a psychosocial rehabilitation day centreMETHOD: A descriptive qualitative design was adopted, and eight participants were recruited through purposive sampling. Data were collected through observations and focus group discussions and analysed using thematic analysisFINDINGS: Two themes emerged: What's nice about the activities that we do it takes you out your head for a while and If you don't do anything [...] your brain goes that way a bit. The activities were valued as they offered opportunities for improved socialisation and enabled participants to meet various occupational needsCONCLUSION: Adults with psychiatric disabilities derived meaning, purpose and improved occupational well-being from participating in the activity programme. There is a need for more community-based mental health services to support the recovery of adults with psychiatric disabilities, thereby improving their quality of life within their communities

Keywords : psychiatric disability; occupational well-being; psychosocial rehabilitation day centre; community mental health services.

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