The Infinity House, a Clubhouse program sponsored and supported by Hamilton Center Inc., has been awarded accreditation through Clubhouse International, by achieving fidelity to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs.
Clubhouse International identifies mental illnesses as a leading cause of disability and that one in four people around the world suffer from mental disorders, more than cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
The organization also identifies isolation as a major cause of the progression of mental illnesses.
“Isolation often occurs when individuals feel they don’t fit in with society or are too afraid to face rejection and the many social stigmas of mental illness,” said BJ Steadman, Program Manager, Hamilton Center, Inc. “Individuals will stop connecting with friends, stay inside more frequently, and seek a safe controlled environment, often leading to loneliness and many other negative thoughts, including suicide.”
The Clubhouse model is an evidence-based practice that creates a peer driven environment for the members. It promotes socialization, engagement, and skill building which are areas that many individuals recovering from mental health issues lack in their lives. The only qualifications for being a member is being 18 years or older and having a history of mental health issues. There are no fees and a membership never expires.
“Infinity House exists to give adults with mental illnesses the opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives by helping each person integrate into their community,” said Melvin L Burks, CEO, Hamilton Center, Inc. “Inclusion, regular activities and access to housing and employment are some of the key functions of a Clubhouse.” he added.
Every year, Infinity House hosts a Thanksgiving Day celebration and meal. Holiday hours for Thanksgiving Day are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., November 28, 2019 with Thanksgiving lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Hamilton Center invites those interested in becoming a member of Infinity House to join.
Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, IN. Services are provided to children, youth and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.
Hours of operation for the Infinity House are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch served at noon every day.
For information on Hamilton Center Services call (800) 742-0787.