A Recipe for Mental Health Recovery
What is the Iris Clubhouse?
A Clubhouse is a working community for adults, 18 and over, who are diagnosed with a significant mental illness. Our members are referred by a medical professional. There are over 320 Clubhouses in 34 countries around the World. It is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible.
Our members chose the name after the flowers painted by Vincent Van Gogh, who suffered from Bipolar Disorder. Our current location is 239 E. H Street in Casper, which was once the Boys and Girls Club. We have twenty-eight members and twelve come daily. We are only open part-time due to funding restraints. We will eventually serve 150 adults each year with an active membership of approximately 75 people and an estimated daily attendance of 25 members.
The Clubhouse is not a drop-in site. Membership begins with a referral from a clinical professional.
What physical therapy is to someone with a bad back, Clubhouses are for people with mental illness. We don’t offer therapy or counseling, rather our work together is therapeutic. The Iris Clubhouse builds self-worth, dignity, and strengthens the community.
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“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”