Mental Disability in Shared Housing: “Home First”

Feeling “at home”, “finding a social life”, and not being “stigmatized” … People with mental disabilities are welcomed in shared accommodation and find “possible normal life” outside of hospitals and specialized institutions.

By David Arrode

I am part of the furniture“, Laughs Arien Bordat, 39, who has been living in a shared apartment of twenty studios in Le Havre since the opening of the alumni residence in 2011. Twenty of these shared residents have a resemblance of being disabled to twenty residents. Disorders affecting three million people in France, according to the Uniform Mental Illness and / or People with Disabilities (UNAFAM).

Find a social life

Arian is one of his adolescents. “Borderline Personality Disorder“, With symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolarity. Outside of school, having difficulty forming social bonds, to live independently, she joins the Vivre et devenir Association’s Côté cours housing scheme. The place where lunch is taken together. The two carers stay with the residents five days a week. At night and on weekends, the roommates are autonomous. “We are asked to be involved in the life of the community“By participating in household chores. There is no control at the outing stage,” explains Aryan who admits: “Living here allowed me to get back to a social lifeAs proof, the young woman has a boyfriend, she got a job as a permanent secretary in the association. In addition, her medical follow-up is now very light, she sees her psychiatrist every two or three months. , Compare once a week when she was a teenager.

To live in a normal environment

The Côté Cours Housing Scheme was created in the 2000s by Le Havre Psychiatric Hospital, which wanted to offer a “r”Psychological rehabilitation“Post-hospital care for the mentally handicapped. About 400 patients are supported today. The system provides 125 accommodations in shared housing, including eight rooms (soon to be ten in 2023).”People with mental illness are very stigmatized. For a long time, they were directed towards hospitals or home type institutions. However, if they stay together, they can live in a normal environment“, Explained the director of this device, Marie Delarock. With the first necessity.”That person has a roof over his head“The partnership forged then allowed Home Help Services (SAAD) for roommates and Medico-Social Support Services for Disabled Adults (SAMSAH) to play a role,” he insisted.Security net

The goal of autonomy!

The program was started by American psychologist Sam Sembaris in the 1990’s, with many doctors noting that care was lost after hospitalization for lack of housing.Housing first“(” A home first “). Literally a combination of housing and supportEnvelope“Person (” Repound Service “),”Housing first“It has become an international policy recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN.Included housing package“, A”Sharing life support(AVP) Deployment starts from 1Of January 2021 (full article and explanatory video at the link below). Its costs are covered by departments (70 involved so far) and the National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA). “We have entered the movement for the generalization of inclusive housing“Patty Manant is happy, director of Living and Becoming Development.”The goal is to empower individuals as much as possible and to provide them with the support they need to improve and lead a normal life as much as possible.

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