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For those with a serious mental illness who are unable to reach their potential, or often even cope, in the urban landscape at large, the Riverview Village Intentional Community Society brings the creativity and power of community to bear in a new model for the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview Lands.
The proposal envisages a community of mentally ill and non-mentally ill living together on the Lands.
Its goal: To engage those seriously ill, especially those with schizophrenia – give them a true sense of belonging, help them work through their difficulties, and break their isolation.
It will be an “intentional community” expressly for the benefit of the seriously mentally ill, taking advantage of the rare opportunity for such a community that the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview Lands present.
“Community itself is a core healing modality.”
“It may be that the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including problems with motivation, social interactions, affective experience and responsiveness, prosody and clarity of speech, and slowed movement, contribute more to poor functional outcomes and quality of life for individuals with schizophrenia than do [psychotic] symptoms.”
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