Dr. C.M. James, M.B., ChB

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: Accredited Clubhouse International Proposal for Victoria

As a practicing family physician I regularly encounter patients, or family of patients with a severe and persistent mental illness.  I witness that the gap between hopital and home life can be a very large one, particularly if family support is not available.

Clubhouse International will give people with serious and persistent mental illness meaning and purpose to their lives.  Isolation and loneliness are by-products of mental illness.  Years that others have used to get an education, begin a career, and start a family have sometimes been spent in and out of hopitals.  Experiences that are parts of ordinary lives in a society are often foreclosed by mental illness.

I support a Clubhouse International being established here soon to compliment existing services.  A clubhouse International will assist me as a physician, as my patients, with mental health challenges, often need more than just clinical Services.  Our vulnerable citizens deserve this chance to regain their health, well-being and become contributing citizens in our community.  For further information please views www.iccd.org

Yours truly,

C.M. James, M.B., ChB
Associated Physicians