Raektin, a rehabilitation center for people suffering from mental illness, was opened yesterday at Gunnarsbraut 51 in Reykjavík. The goal of the center is to assists its patients in establishing purpose in life and encourage them to take an active part in society.
According to Jóna Rut Gudmundsdóttir, a social worker and head of the Reykjavík City Welfare Services for the Mentally Ill, the center is open to individuals whom have been written off by many and has facilities for up to 80 patients at a time, Morgunbladid reports.
“They are all schizophrenics who are also dealing with other problems, like alcoholism, depression, anxiety and such,” Gudmundsdóttir said, adding most of the patients have lived in institutions for a long time and want to participate in everyday life.
Gudmundsdóttir said that Reykjavík City Welfare Services for the Mentally Ill have helped many patients do just that. “We have proven that the group who many considered too ‘far gone’ to use this service can deliver good results,” Gudmundsdóttir said, adding that an individual from that group, who had never been employed before, had started working last summer.
Raektin will offer patients help on an individual basis, Gudmundsdóttir said, and teach them about all aspects of society, including simple things like sending sms text messages, and stimulating their senses with various art courses.