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Fontenehuset i Oslo Project: Bokstøtten 2004-2007 A wish to do more for students with mental problems Inspired by Fountain House, Copenhagen (Bogstotten)

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2 Fontenehuset i Oslo

3 Project: Bokstøtten A wish to do more for students with mental problems Inspired by Fountain House, Copenhagen (Bogstotten) Project aim –Make it possible to continue studies in spite of mental problems –Make it possible to start/restart studies in spite of mental problems –Help students with mental problems identify or reconsider study-/carrierer- plans Target group, students in Oslo with: –Mental problems that seriously affected their studies –Difficulties in completing thesis’, in concentrating on their reading, anxiety before exams, etc –Problems with handling the social life at university or home

4 1st year Part of SAS-unit (Study, work and maintainance) Project leader followed up student members and members considering to become students Experience from this year: –Students did not take part in unit meetings –Students felt alienated/not included –Students did not get an understanding of the model –Students were not included socially

5 2nd year: Establishing a study unit Reasons to become a separate unit: –Include students in the clubhouse community –Develop relationships among the students –Make the students responsible for unit work: Cleaning and tidying own room Unit statistics Developing the unit Mail correspondence Support each other

6 Unit base

7 Library/meeting room

8 Unit meeting with cake

9 Unit area –Unit base (with 2 computers) –1 computer lab (5 computers) –2 study rooms –Small library/meeting 2 staff members responsible for: Supervison –Find studies and information about different schools/universities –How to fill in applications –Make a study plan –Motivate and support –Guidance on written papers –Study techniques –Support during meeting/oral exams at university Running the unit Other clubhouse responsibilites; economy Informal support during the day

10 Examples of what our students studied: Class in logistics French class Mathematics at high school level High school Carpenter trainee Physics at bachelor level Bachelor of Arts Advanced diploma in Lighting and stage technology Bachelor of Library and information Bachelor of Literature Bachelor of Social work Bachelor of Philosophy Bachelor of Agriculture Multicultural understanding Master of Political science Master of Communication Master of Arts

11 Statistics 2005 (from June)2006 Daily attendance911 Reading34 Computer work56 Supervision23 WOD46

12 3rd year Many of the students achieved their educational goals Students experienced support at all levels – at any time Mutual support between the students The study unit: social and popular The daily attendance in the Study unit represented 20 % of the whole clubhouse’ daily attendance The Study Unit was a success!

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14 However FiO experienced during 2005 –2006: A lot of newcomers –With focus on finding a job/completing their studies – wanted support –Therefore little participation in WOD –Result: In spite of large daily attendance we had problems getting the work done Study unit –The partnership model did not work: ”Staff did all the work” because members of the unit where occupied with own work and not clubhouse work –Conclusion: Unit had to be organised differently. Possible solutions: –Members from other units should come and work –Study support should be organised as part of all units

15 Fontenehuset i Oslo decided: To close down the study unit because: –We want members – not consumers –We want to work side by side – not work as a service office –We want study support to be an offer to our members as part of their rehabilitation process at the Clubhouse

16 Project conclusions Criterias for success – to achieve educational goals: 1. Support to clarify if one is ready to study 2. Support to figure out what to study 3. Support during the studies Someone to talk to whenever neccessary Social network in general, and with other student especially Motivation Study technique Structure and planning Wake up call Safe environment 13 % of students in Norway have mental problems. FiO can not serve them all! Universities and high schools have the responsibiltity.

17 Study support at Fontenehuset i Oslo in the future Work unit responsibility Part of MUS (Member supervison) –Clarify if one is ready to study –Support to find out what to study –Support during the study Social network at the Clubhouse Reading rooms Computer lab

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