Lessons Learned from Experiencing Mavi At Cafe (Blue Horse Cafe) during Six Years: A Qualitative Analysis of Factors Contributing to Recovery from the Perspective of Schizophrenia Patients
Attepe Ozden, Seda
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Objective: In recent years, the recovery-oriented approaches (along with experiences and thoughts of patients and patient's relatives) have been taken into account for establishing mental health services and policies. This study aims to identify the factors contributing to recovery, as observed from the perspective of schizophrenia patients working at The Blue Horse Cafe which was founded by the Federation of Schizophrenia Associations. Method: The sample for the study consisted of 24 patients who worked at The Blue Horse Cafe. A phenomenological approach was used in the study, whereby interviews with patients were analyzed qualitatively. Results: Certain common factors, which were expressed as having contributed to recovery, were identified from the perspective of schizophrenia patients. These factors are: 1-The fact that the setting is informal and welcoming without being constrictive; 2-Predominance of the human element; 3-Hope and encouragement; 4-Being cared about; 5-Being able to reach someone when in need of support; 6-Friendly sharing; 7-Having a purpose, assuming responsibility, and being motivated; and 8-Giving meaning to life. Conclusion: The findings may serve as a stimulus since schizophrenia patients that contribute to recovery give mental health professionals the opportunity to question there need for a change in their professional roles. Additionally, schizophrenia patients that have experienced The Blue Horse Cafe draw attention to certain points and these points can serve as a guide, especially for establishing the working methods of Community Mental Health Centers.