How Hopewell House Helps Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

People suffering from mental illness face many hurtles in everyday life. One of the most difficult is the persistent stigma that surrounds their conditions. Those living with mental illness are too often shunned, feared, labeled, and discriminated against. The shame that accompanies this stigma can prevent sufferers from seeking the help they need, and makes it difficult for families and health providers to get support as well.

At Hopewell House, we combat this lingering stigma through our philosophy and our mission as a residential group home.  How do we make a difference, and what can others do to help?

A Supportive Environment

We understand the difficulties that individuals with mental illnesses, as well as their families, encounter when they try to find the right group home or residential programs for themselves or for their loved ones. The shame and stigma our culture imposes can make the process difficult.

We help our residents overcome shame and stigma by providing a true community for adults who might otherwise find it difficult to achieve inclusion in society. We were founded as an alternative to cold, uncaring facilities that are all too prevalent. Our group home welcomes residents suffering from disorders including schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. We pride ourselves on our supportive atmosphere for our residents and we enable our residents to govern their own lives independently with privacy, dignity and respect.

Our group home in Northern Virginia is located on a beautiful historic farm, with a safe, peaceful atmosphere. However, Hopewell House offers more than just an attractive location. Our conscientious staff assists and supports our residents through daily life as they deal with mental health challenges. We guide our residents as they develop life skills in household management and build social connections within the local community.

Integration with the Wider Community

Hopewell House may be in a private country-like environment, but, thanks to our location in the middle of the DC metro area, our residents are far from isolated. We provide day-to-day support while residents pursue medical treatment and mental health services with their personal providers or local community providers in the Northern Virginia and greater Washington, DC area. We also coach our residents as they manage their own treatment and set personal goals.

Hopewell focuses on what’s important beyond proper medical treatment. We help our residents integrate with our community through outings, jobs, volunteer opportunities, and more. We assist our residents with transportation as well. Our greatest goal is assisting our residents as they learn to be part of society, and overcome the negative images society projects upon those with mental illnesses. Learn more about our group home’s philosophy.

Fighting the Stigma

After learning about Hopewell House and our approach, you might be wondering what we can do in our everyday lives to help erase this stigma, especially if you are a friend or family member. One place to start is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have a Stigmafree Pledge and they promote ideas that everyone can put into action. They include

  • Educating yourself (and others) about mental health issues and mental illness.
  • Showing compassion and empathy for those living with a mental health condition.
  • Seeing the person, not the illness.

 

At Hopewell House, we work every day to help our residents break free of harmful stigmas and live full lives the community. Learn more about our unique residential program.

People suffering from mental illness face many hurtles in everyday life. One of the most difficult is the persistent stigma that surrounds their conditions. Those living with mental illness are too often shunned, feared, labeled, and discriminated against. The shame that accompanies this stigma can prevent sufferers from seeking the help they need, and makes it difficult for families and health providers to get support as well.

At Hopewell House, we combat this lingering stigma through our philosophy and our mission as a residential group home.  How do we make a difference, and what can others do to help?

A Supportive Environment

We understand the difficulties that individuals with mental illnesses, as well as their families, encounter when they try to find the right group home or residential programs for themselves or for their loved ones. The shame and stigma our culture imposes can make the process difficult.

We help our residents overcome shame and stigma by providing a true community for adults who might otherwise find it difficult to achieve inclusion in society. We were founded as an alternative to cold, uncaring facilities that are all too prevalent. Our group home welcomes residents suffering from disorders including schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. We pride ourselves on our supportive atmosphere for our residents and we enable our residents to govern their own lives independently with privacy, dignity and respect.

Our group home in Northern Virginia is located on a beautiful historic farm, with a safe, peaceful atmosphere. However, Hopewell House offers more than just an attractive location. Our conscientious staff assists and supports our residents through daily life as they deal with mental health challenges. We guide our residents as they develop life skills in household management and build social connections within the local community.

Integration with the Wider Community

Hopewell House may be in a private country-like environment, but, thanks to our location in the middle of the DC metro area, our residents are far from isolated. We provide day-to-day support while residents pursue medical treatment and mental health services with their personal providers or local community providers in the Northern Virginia and greater Washington, DC area. We also coach our residents as they manage their own treatment and set personal goals.

Hopewell focuses on what’s important beyond proper medical treatment. We help our residents integrate with our community through outings, jobs, volunteer opportunities, and more. We assist our residents with transportation as well. Our greatest goal is assisting our residents as they learn to be part of society, and overcome the negative images society projects upon those with mental illnesses. Learn more about our group home’s philosophy.

Fighting the Stigma

After learning about Hopewell House and our approach, you might be wondering what we can do in our everyday lives to help erase this stigma, especially if you are a friend or family member. One place to start is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have a Stigmafree Pledge and they promote ideas that everyone can put into action. They include

  • Educating yourself (and others) about mental health issues and mental illness.
  • Showing compassion and empathy for those living with a mental health condition.
  • Seeing the person, not the illness.

 

At Hopewell House, we work every day to help our residents break free of harmful stigmas and live full lives the community. Learn more about our unique residential program.

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