Most Akeso mental health facilities offer three main areas of care, each with their own specialised programmes:
- The general psychiatry unit
- The Dual diagnosis/Addiction unit
- The adolescent unit
In addition, individual Akeso mental health facilities run a number of specialised units and programmes, such as the psycho-geriatric Unit (at Akeso Parktown), the eating disorders Unit (at Akeso Crescent Clinic and Akeso Montrose Manor), the adolescent dual diagnosis/Addiction unit (at Akeso Crescent Clinic, Akeso Parktown and Akeso Kenilworth Adolescent Clinic), the independent adolescent Unit (at Akeso Kenilworth Adolescent Clinic) and the high care unit (at Akeso Kenilworth Clinic).
Although the mental health facilities cater to different psychiatric needs through these individual units, all therapy programs in these units are controlled and run under the auspices of the Centre of Psychotherapy Excellence, or COPE, the multi-disciplinary treatment philosophy and programme that lies at the heart of each Akeso mental health facilities. Established in recognition of the fact that the vast majority of psychiatric traumas do not occur nor present in isolation, the COPE programme aims to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the healing process, involving not only the specialised psychiatrists and nurses at the mental health facilities, but also psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, registered counsellors and any other specialists that might be required in the treatment process.
The aim of the COPE programme is to help each patient – and their loved ones – achieve a working understanding of his or her illness, as well as a self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses associated with this condition. This helps patients to come to terms with their condition, as well as aids them in developing coping mechanisms to improve daily functioning. Through extensive group work, both with patients suffering from similar illnesses as well as family and support networks, the programme also aims to destigmatise psychiatric illnesses, and build a support network that will last beyond the period of hospitalisation.
Ultimately, COPE aims to help each individual patient develop a foundation that will facilitate enhanced quality of life after discharge.
In each unit, the COPE programmes have a slightly different focus, tailor-made to meet the needs of these individual patients. However, all COPE programmes include individual, family and group psychotherapy, occupational therapy, educational groups, exercise, relaxation, music/art and support groups.