HERO House NW is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization and is a proud recipient of the 2013 King County Exemplary Service Award for Advocacy and Social Inclusion. HERO House NW uses a psychiatric rehabilitation model that focuses on socialization and community engagement to bring every participant known as a “member” of the clubhouse program to the table for the running of the clubhouse. This model for rehabilitation is an evidence-based practice that requires adherence to standards set forth by Clubhouse International. We receive an accreditation visit from Clubhouse International every three years to make sure we are within the best practices of the clubhouse model. We are one of two such clubhouses in Washington State, one of more than 180 clubhouses in the United States, and one of 300 clubhouses in 32 countries around the world.
Why a Clubhouse in Bellevue?
Persistent mental illness is a devastating disruption to a person’s life that separates and isolates them from typical daily activities. An estimated 19% of the population lives with mental illness and 6%—one in every 17 Americans—suffers from serious mental illness.2 Mental illness does not discriminate—it strikes people of all ethnic groups, religions, and economic brackets. In King County alone, 10,000 people seek treatment annually for severe mental illness. The services currently available in our county are inadequate to meet their needs. Existing programs mostly focus on crisis care and temporary treatment rather than on the ongoing recovery process. People can regain their mental health, but not with medication alone. Social and vocational rehabilitation services are a critical component of well-being and recovery for those living with mental illness.3
To fill the gap between what is available and what is still needed in our community. The first Clubhouse program in the Bellevue area will provide people living with mental illness a cost-effective option for gaining respect, hope, and unlimited opportunity to access the same world of friendship, housing, education, and employment as the rest of the community. It will function as much-needed extension of existing services and programs.
Become A Member
At the Bellevue Clubhouse, we welcome members ages 18 and up, and membership is free. Members are adults who are recovering from chronic mental illness in King County. The Clubhouse is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, with social hours after 5:00 PM on Thursdays. The Clubhouse also offers social events from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm every other Saturday. The Clubhouse is open every major holiday, and membership is free.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved today to help someone struggling with mental health issues.