Individuals diagnosed with mental illness are at greater risk for social isolation and reduced community integration, unemployment or reduced rates of employment, homelessness, physical health problems and early mortality, dropout from school or college, substance use or misuse, involvement with the justice system, and suicide.
Our efforts focus on examining issues critical to the promotion of recovery and quality of life of individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness so they may achieve full community integration. Rehabilitation, recovery and wellness researchers have a diverse portfolio of nationally and internationally-based studies that will improve the lives of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness and their families.
We are interested in:
- Engaging mental health consumers and providers in the design and dissemination of our research and training efforts
- Improving access to vocational rehabilitation supports and community-based employment
- Modifying and implementing health promotion and wellness opportunities to reduce mortality and improve the physical health of individuals diagnosed with mental illness
- Developing and disseminating education and training materials and curricula to public safety personnel, clinicians, educators, and direct service providers to prevent suicide
- Evaluating evidence-based community services such as the Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
- Translating knowledge gained from research to policy and real-world practice to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness