How Young Adults in London Experience the Clubhouse Model of Mental Health Recovery: A Thematic Analysis

  • Jane Pardi
  • Martin WillisEmail author
Original Article


Clubhouses are recovery orientated, participatory communities in which people with mental health diagnoses can take part in the running of the clubhouse. The objective of this research was to produce the first qualitative study of its kind, examining how the clubhouse model of mental health recovery is perceived and experienced by young adults aged 16–25. Five participants provided lengthy and detailed semi-structured interviews regarding their experiences as members of a clubhouse in London. Analysis produced themes including mixed age services as a distinct benefit, the benefits of getting involved in the work of the clubhouse, the mostly positive perception of the clubhouse compared with other mental health services, and the sense of personal change and social improvement experienced on becoming members of the clubhouse. While further research is needed, it was concluded that the clubhouse model was beneficial to all its young members, for reasons including its entirely collaborative and consultative process between staff and members, its humanitarian approach, its lack of rigid or inflexible time limits, and its reciprocal relationships, where members are expected to both provide and receive support.


Mental health Young adults Coproduction Psychosocial rehabilitation Clubhouse model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology, College of Applied Health & CommunitiesUniversity of East LondonLondonUK

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