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A student-facilitated community-based support group initiative for mental health care users in a primary health care setting

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-11T10:15:39Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-11T10:15:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-10-16 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11289
dc.description.abstract South African Mental Health Care (MHC) legislation advocates for supportive rehabilitative services in Primary Health Care (PHC) settings. PHC settings are often understaffed and MHC nurses in these settings overburdened with high patient loads. Alternative cost-effective psycho-social intervention strategies must be explored to supplement the overstrained MHC sector to meet the rehabilitative and supportive needs of service users in community settings. Using a social constructionist epistemology, this study aimed to highlight the value of a community-based support group for MHC users at a Tshwane District Community Health Centre. This was done by exploring the meaning group members attached to the group. The intervention was a collaborative partnership between a local University Psychology Department and the Department of Health, Tshwane District, utilising post-graduate psychology students as group facilitators. Qualitative research methods were applied. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and a collage-making and storytelling method. Thematic analysis highlighted the main themes representing the meaning the five participants ascribed to the group. The findings suggest that the group offered the participants a sense of belonging and a means of social and emotional support. The group also created opportunity for learning, encouraged mental and physical mobilisation and stimulation, and served as an additional link to professional services. The findings suggest that student-facilitated support groups could offer a viable supplement for offering support to service users in PHC settings. The group assisted MHC users to cope with symptoms, social integration, and participating in meaningful activities as part of rehabilitation services. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MENTAL HEALTH en
dc.subject COMMUNITY BASED CARE en
dc.subject PRIMARY HEALTH CARE en
dc.title A student-facilitated community-based support group initiative for mental health care users in a primary health care setting en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 22 en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle Health SA Gesondheid en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10035 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=18984 en
dc.PageNumber 307-315 en
dc.outputnumber 8949 en
dc.bibliographictitle Meiring, L., Visser, M. & Themistocleous, N. (2017) A student-facilitated community-based support group initiative for mental health care users in a primary health care setting. <i>Health SA Gesondheid</i>. 22:307-315. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Meiring, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Visser, M. en
dc.contributor.author3 Themistocleous, N. en


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