What is it about?

In this study, we conducted semi-structured interviews with residents of Northern Healthcare, a provider of an enhanced model of supporting living in the UK. Supported living has been shown in previous research to be beneficial in aiding recovery from severe and enduring mental illness, but has also been described by residents as being depersonalising, marginalising, and an 'ordeal to survive'. This study aimed to shed light on the experiences of residents at Northern Healthcare. Three major areas of value emerged: (1) support from care staff which was readily available; (2), a sense of community and daily activity offered by the residence and on-site activities; and (3) the experience of supported living as a stepping-stone in an ongoing recovery process.

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Why is it important?

Our findings point to the power of comprehensive care with supportive staff, peer-relations, autonomy and fostering hope in empowering individuals in their ongoing recovery. This study, in addition to further research in the area, aims to better understand and hopefully improve the conditions and systems of supported living to ensure they provide the best support for the people in their care.

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This page is a summary of: Enhanced supported living for people with severe and persistent mental health problems: A qualitative investigation, Health & Social Care in the Community, May 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/hsc.13822.
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