Holistic and Contextual

Health and well-being refer to experiences that are pivotal to human beings. They represent phenomena that are highly influential, not only to the life of the individual but often also to the lives of their loved ones, and to society as a whole. Disruptions within these phenomena can have far reaching consequences at the personal, interpersonal and societal level. It is because of this interdependency that the health care services cannot be focused at alleviating symptoms, while neglecting their contextual meaning.

A contextual approach to health is an indispensable part of qualitatively responsible mental health care. But just as illness and health have contextual meaning, they have also a strictly individual meaning. Human beings are not a bunch of loosely collected characteristics, there is idiosyncratic logic in the way they organize their experiences and they react to them.

So the health care services should also pay attention to the ways service users experience their world, and to how they assign meaning to these experiences. Service users should be approached holistic from a humanistic and existential viewpoint that underscores their personal significance, as well as the complexity of human social organization. The care pathway testifies of a conception of human functioning as physically, mentally and socially integrated; a conception that has been in name adopted by many, but in practice applied by too few of the health care services.

Our programme addresses service users from a contextual and holistic viewpoint, having an eye for factors decisive for their physical, mental and social well-being. The care pathway encourages collaborating with affiliated services to take their part in the support of service users in their quest for health and well-being.