Volunteering to care for people with severe mental illness: A qualitative study of the significance of professional and private life experience

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  • Lisbeth Ørtenblad
  • ,
  • Ulla Væggemose
  • Lene Gissel, DEFACTUM, Region Midtjylland, Danmark
  • Nina Konstantin Nissen
Challenges in recruiting volunteers encountered by psychiatric services are barely elucidated despite a general societal
increase in volunteering. The aim of the study was to explore the significance of professional and private life experiences in
willingness to volunteer to care for people with severe mental illness. Focus group interviews with volunteers in the Community
Family Programme was conducted, followed by thematic analysis. All interviewees had professional and/or private
experience of SMI, which had a major influence on their initial willingness to volunteer. Volunteering was an opportunity to
pass on their experiences and to care for SMI people in ways that were not possible in their professions. The interviewees did
not distinguish between the influences of professional and/or private life experiences on their willingness to volunteer. The
study demonstrates the importance of professional and/or private life experiences in initial considerations about volunteering
for mental health care. The consequences for recruitment practices are discussed.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCommunity Mental Health Journal
Vol/bind55
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)271-278
Antal sider8
ISSN0010-3853
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StatusUdgivet - feb. 2019

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