Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better

by ANO CSCI Russian House
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Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Change Lives of 50 Mentally Ill for the Better
Visit by Hilton repfresentatives to Russia House
Visit by Hilton repfresentatives to Russia House

Employment of people with mental health problems is one of the most challenging areas of their their recovery and coming back to independent life. That is why Clubhouse rehabilitation programes throughout the world work hard to help their participants (Clubhouse members) to get jobs. Hilton hotel chain is one of the prestigious employers that assists Clubhouse members in many countries return to the paid employment. Russia House is proud to announce the start of our partnership with hotel Hilton Garden Inn Moscow Krasnoselskaya.

Since autumn 2019 our partnership has been gradually developing. It started with a visit of Polina Kabanova, Hilton Senior Manager Talant Acquisition Continental Europe, and Larissa Antonova, HR Manager of Hilton Garden Inn Moscow Krasnoselskaya, to Russia House in so as to get acquainted with members and staff as well as with our Clubhouse program. They both were really impressed with what they could see at Russia House and decided to work with us towards reaching the members' employment goals. A few weeks later a group of active Russia House members visited the hotel for an orientation visit and learned a lot about the hotel business and different jobs available. Because of the pandemic our partnership plans were postponed to provide supported job placements for a couple of Russia House members.

However, in September 2020 we came back to them and Vlad, one of our members, had a 5-day internship immeduately in Hilton hotel. Director of Russia House supported him immeduately at the job placement and assist to master work duties. It is very important to say that the duties were not very simple at all and they needed good English, ability to work with PowerPoint software and even some basic skills in grafic design.

Hilton hotel chain pays a lot of attention to education of staff in all the hotels throughout the world. In-company trainings adress such important matters as inclusion and diversity, unconcious bias, equality, etc. The so-called Hilton University comprises a lot of training materials, videos and tests. But they all are in English and it is difficult to use them for Russian-spreaking staff. The task was to prepare a multimedia presentation for training Russian-speaking hotel staff. As we have said before it was a very challenging task but Vlad overcame all dificulties and successfully completed this task. Larissa Antonova, HR manager of the hotel, says that she was really impressed with the presentation and test done by Vlad and adds that she has already used them in the trainings that she holds for hotel staff. 

Now 3 Russia House members - Vlad, Pavel and Andrey - are on their 1-month internship at Hilton. The new ones - Pavel and Andrey - are mastering of these complicated duties with the assistance of Vlad and a Russia House staff. Because of pandemic and quarantine in Moscow the internship is remote and their group work at ZOOM platform. After the Christmas holidays they will send the second presentation togerther with training scripts and tests in Russian to Larisa for her overview. We all hope that the materials prepared will get appraisal of Hilton partners. The positive outcomes of the internship for Russia House members are obvious: mastering and improving specialized and advanced skills, regaining self-confidence in performing very complicated and challenging tasks, learning how to work in a team and many-many others.

We hope that the next step of our partnership with Hilton Garden Inn hotel will be getting a paid work for Russia House interns.

Orientation visit to Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
Orientation visit to Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
Vlad on his 5-day internship in Hilton
Vlad on his 5-day internship in Hilton
Vlad works on the presentation for Hilton
Vlad works on the presentation for Hilton
Remote working on a presentation for Hilton
Remote working on a presentation for Hilton
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COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted mentally ill participants of Russia House rehabilitation program. The quarantine last March 17 to July 20 and Russia House continued to support program participants via Skype, e-mail and telephone calls. One of the important work during the quarantine time was delivering food to participants' flats. Most of participants of the our rehabilitation program are in the high risk group – psychiatric deceases are often accompanied by diabetes and weak immune system. Many of them were frightened by the epidemic and did not venture to leave their flats even to go to the nearest food store. Many of them live together with their elderly parents whose average age is about 73. In a number of families not one but two members suffer mental illness… So most of the families are at Covid-19 risk. That is why Russia House started purchasing food stuff and and hygine necessities and deliver them to the flats of the rehabilitation program participants. Totally, we boght and delivered 1,030 Kg of food products and necessities. They were not simply food and necessities – they were 1,030 Kg of goodness and happiness! It was a real support both in financial and emotional terms. People with severe mental illness did not feel alone and neglected. Instead, everybody felt that they were a part of a strong community. Community that will support them in any challenging situation. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all people who donated Russia House rehabilitation program. Your generous donations give us a fantastic opportunity to help people with severe mental illness in these challenging times!

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Communication Skills Training is not a fun!
Communication Skills Training is not a fun!

Russia House started communication skills trainings for the Clubhouse members. Strong communication skills are very important for reaching the goals of social inclusion, employment and education. That is why Russia House has decided to provide participants of the rehabilitation program with a course of trainings to improve these skills. A Board member Tatiana Lukina, a professional trainer, leads the trainings which are very popular among Clubhouse members. A lot of very important subjects has been discussed. What is a private space? How to respect individual boundarie? How to respect one's privacy? How to communicate at job placement with one's colleagues and boss? How to say 'no'? What does  "be independant" mean? And lots of other matters very important for people with mental health problems. All participants gave a very positive feedback. Some of them believe that their relationships with coleagues at work place have been normalized. Some of them started changing toxic relationaships with family members. Taking into consideration this feedback Russia House plans to continue trainings and make them regular.  

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Visit to Most
Visit to Most

The last 2 months were rather active at Russia House and the central event was starting a new Clubhouse rehabilitation program in the European North of Russia: in a town of Arkhangelsk that is located near the coast of the White Sea. The local partner of Russia House is a small charity Most (Bridge) that has been running a rehabilitation center for adults with severe mental illness for about 19 years already. Both staff and participants of the rehabilitation program are open to innovations and committed to further development of their rehabilitation center for the benefits of people with mental disabilities in their town Arkhangelsk. That is why when they learned about the Clubhouse program and Russia House they contacted us and asked to help to start them the Clubhouse program at Most. In September a group of 5 people from Russia House (a Clubhouse participant Andrew, a social worker Lisa, 2 members of the Advisory Board Tatiana and Valentina, director of Russia House Tatiana) visited Arkhangelsk. It was a 4-day visit and what we managed to do. First, we held a 1-day conference on the Clubhouse rehabilitation model for local professionals working in the mental health field and presented this approach to them. Second, we had a meeting with families of people with mental health problems who are served at Most. They support the idea to start a Clubhouse and their respond was very touching. Third, we spent 3 days working side by side with Most participants and staff discussing the International Standards for the Clubhouse and showing how they are applied in everyday Clubhouse work. They were very busy days but really rewarding! In November a team of 5 people from Most, including 2 program participants, 2 staff and director, will come to Russia House for introduction training in the Clubhouse program. We hope that it will contribute to their better understanding the program and help Most move towards building a real Clubhouse working in accordance with all the Standards.   

A Most participant Dima at the planning meeting
A Most participant Dima at the planning meeting
Lunch at Most
Lunch at Most
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The last three months have been very promising in regard to getting employment and education opportunities the Clubhouse members. Two companies agreed to help Russia House with jobs for the participants of the rehabilitation program (Clubhouse members): Hilton hotels chain and Center for Active Movement, Ltd. Deputy Director and HR Director of these companies have visited Russia House recently and met Clubhouse members, staff and Board members. We told them about the Clubhouse rehabilitation model and its specific approach to employment of people with mental health problems. It was agreed upon that in September a group of Russia House members with staff would go through a short intership period at each company and try different job duties. After the internship a few people will get paid jobs at the companies with the support to be provided by Russia House social worker immeduately at job placements. 

In addition to development of employment opportunities Russia House helped one Russia House member, Vlad,  with enrollment in a college. We are happy to say that in September he will start his studies. 

So, we keep our fingers crossed and wait for September!    

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