Hopes and Wishes of Clients with Mentally Illness in Hong Kong

Daniel W. L. Lai*, K. C. Chan, G. D. Daoust, X. J. Xie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recovery is a progressive process involving support to people with mental illness to take control of their life through the enhancement of motivation, self-drive, and responsibility. Drawing on qualitative interviews with 61 patients with mental illness aged between 40 and 75 in the community or residential settings, this study examined the wishes and hopes of clients who were in recovery. Participants described wishes and hopes for autonomy and independence in finances, accommodation, and health; stable housing or accommodation; meaningful occupation or employment; ‘giving back’ to society by serving others; intimate relationships; and gaining back ‘lost time.’ Wishes and hopes were motivating factors contributing to physical, mental, and social health over time, motivating clients with mental illness to live happily. To foster recovery, mental health practitioners should consider the identification and fulfilment of wishes and hopes in health and social care programs for this unique client group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1556-1565
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number8
Early online date28 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

User-Defined Keywords

  • Aging
  • Hope
  • Mental health
  • Mental illness
  • Recovery
  • Wish


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