Socialization Community Integration
When your life is interrupted by a mental health problem, even the simplest interactions can feel overwhelming. A stranger asks, “Where do you work?” and you’re embarrassed. You don’t know how to respond, because you haven’t worked for several months.
Those sorts of everyday experiences can make meeting new people difficult. They stir up feelings of shame, fears of judgment and rejection.
At RIMS, our community integration program is designed to help people feel part of their community again – in their personal lives and their work. An activity center, a day program and a drop-in center are examples of community integration services.
Each of these settings has its own set of services, but they generally include:
- Health and wellness programs
- Communication activities
- Educational and training activities
- Vocational guidance
- Spiritual activities
- Cultural events
- Recreational activities
Through these programs, people gain a better quality of life – developing better social skills, greater independence and a path toward employment. We believe it’s a vital part of the recovery process, in helping people live healthy, successful, fulfilled lives.