Clubhouse International: Supporting recovery from mental health difficulties

Congratulations to Clubhouse International Organization, which has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize (

The Clubhouse initiative started 66 years ago to support individuals suffering from mental health difficulties to lead meaningful lives and fulfil their potential through vocational-activity and the support of a caring community. There are 340 member clubhouses across the world. The concept of membership underpins the Clubhouse International community. Members engage in what is referred to as a work-ordered day that provides structure for their lives by designating duties to work alongside staff in the Clubhouse. Furthermore, the Clubhouse model also provides a transitional employment program with members being provided with 15-20 hours a week employment for 6-9 months by local employers. The approach advocated by Clubhouse International is consistent with the ethos of the Recovery Model to mental health difficulties (Anthony, 1993). This is based on a holistic view of mental health difficulties that focuses on the person, not just their symptoms. The Recovery Model also calls for optimism and commitment from all concerned. Further details about Clubhouse International and the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize can be found here:

A local centre that utilises the Clubhouse model in Glasgow is Flourish House ( Flourish House offers members the opportunity to engage in a range of different activities. I have had the pleasure of getting to know staff and members at Flourish House over the course of the last 10 years. Recognising the important contribution that Flourish House has made, the European Clubhouse Conference will take place in Scotland this year and will be held at the Stirling Management Centre on the 12th – 15th October 2014.


Anthony, W. A. (1993). Recovery from mental illness: the guiding vision of the mental health service system in the 1990s. Psychosocial rehabilitation journal, 16, 11.


One thought on “Clubhouse International: Supporting recovery from mental health difficulties

  1. I feel strong lessons that the Clubhouse International Recovery Model to Mental Health difficulties will help to reassess the work of Humanitarian Mental Health Promoters and, provide an alternative image of mental recovery, by offering paths to a better understanding of mental health patterns. E. Bawoh

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