Among people suffering from mental health problems, often social relationships and interactions, social and professional skills are seriously impaired. These people become highly isolated and in need of resocialisation and an overhaul in their life skills. The purpose of the Day Centre at Intra Mental Health Centre is to assist in the social and psychological rehabilitation of mentally impaired people as well as those with mental problems. At the Day Centre, visitors are able to develop their potential and learn to live more or less independently.

It is important to note that attendance at the Day Centre helps improve the quality of life of the visitors as well as their carers. The fact that the affected persons come to a day-care centre gives the family the much deserved respite from managing them at home all the time. The Centre also carries out psychological work with members of the visitors’ families.

Another objective of the Day Centre is to ensure that those visitors who have had hospital treatment do not have a relapse. With very little to do, people who have undergone medical treatment generally isolate themselves at home, thus increasing the risk of a relapse.

The Day Centre at the Intra Mental Health Centre practises a multidisciplinary team approach. Each new visitor is evaluated and an individual treatment plan is accordingly put in place.

The services of the Day Centre at the Intra MHC are free of charge.

The work of the Day Centre consists of:

  • Development of life skills, e.g. personal hygiene and physical care, self-help skills which help people in their everyday life.
  • Development of communication skills, e.g. emphasising correct types of emotional expressions and social interactions.
  • Development of social skills, .g. development of socially acceptable behavioural skills and certain social responsibilities, such as shopping and management of personal finances, etc.
  • Development of creative and occupational skills,, e.g. creative activities such as painting, needlework, papier-mâché, music, etc.

The following types of counselling and therapeutic treatments are practised at the Intra MHC Day Centre:

  • Individual counselling and therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Types of occupational activity, such as means of artistic expressions: painting, needlework, papier-mâché, music, as well as table tennis, chess, etc.

Individual counselling and therapy

Individual therapy is an important component of the Day Centre and involves personal attention and care. Individual therapy helps improve the visitor’s morale, self-confidence and social skills. The specific problems of each visitor are viewed in their entirety. At the Day Centre the visitor gradually develops a sense of belonging. This could have a therapeutic significance and could help overcome feelings of self-loathing.

Group therapy

Group therapy aims to improve the social and life skills of Day Centre visitors, through the method of learning from their equals. The simple facts of interacting with people similar to themselves, talking about everyday things (what did they eat yesterday, what happened at home, etc.), sharing their thoughts with others have significant therapeutic effects on people with mental problems. The positive experiences of any member of the group is accepted and imitated very quickly by others. Joint discussions, conversations and working together are aspects of group therapy.

Family counselling

Working with members of visitors’ families (counselling, therapy, self-help groups) is another important aspect of the activity of the Day Centre. During visits to the Day Centre, members of the visitors’ families meet others in similar situations and with the help of Day Centre specialists learn to better manage their stresses, share and exchange their concerns and anxieties and change their negative attitude towards their situation.

Occupational therapy

The practice of methods of creative and recreational activities generates a productive therapeutic atmosphere at the Day Centre. This activity gives people with serious mental health problems a meaningful sense of inclusion and occupation, which has an important therapeutic significance. The occupational method has a more therapeutic orientation and helps Day Centre visitors by giving them an occupation in a positive way.