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A leading South African psychiatrist Dr Vuirli says:
“The team approach at Papillon is unique in private – teams do not meet and work collectively in 21-day programmes. But most importantly, the 90-day programmes at Papillon make the biggest difference to clients. Papillon allows people to find their path in life which is the greatest healing required. The free aftercare ensures that the high success rate is maintained.”
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Because we understand exactly what you’re going through; our founder is proof that you can lead a meaningful life and make vital contributions to your community despite having a mental health condition.
In addition, the Papillon Team have dedicated the past 10 years to helping thousands of people suffering from mental disorders recover and regain greater independence.

We offer
free assessments so give us a call


We are South Africa’s
only private psychiatric rehabilitation centre


We are internationally
recognised and trusted


Statistically, 3-month programmes have a 600% higher success rate than any 21-day recovery programme.


Our residents enjoy safe, calm and desirable living conditions for their mental healing.


Our Papillon Approach is holistic and supports growth in every aspect of our residents’ life


Every resident is an individual to help heal. Not a mental illness to treat.


We offer 24-hour access to a fully qualified multidisciplinary team at an affordable rate.


We don’t discriminate. We support all spiritual and religious practices.


Our trusted 3-month recovery programme is derived from the McLean Hospital recovery programme, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. It provides our clients with a 70% chance of achieving greater independence and successful social reintegration.

“Essentially a residential facility, Papillon places an emphasis on family work, which the team has had great success in with clients I have referred there. I recommend Papillon if your loved one requires longer than just a hospital stay.”
Specialist Psychiatrist, Dr Eleanor Holzapfel
“I would highly recommend Papillon to anyone who wants to recover. And I don’t mean take a three-month break from your problems. I mean really recover and be able to function to one’s fullest in the outside world. Thanks to Papillon for giving me a new lease on life.”
Mpho Matlala
Not sure we can help you? Our elite team of psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nurses and facilitators are qualified to treat a range of mental illnesses. In fact, our programme has successfully helped people with:

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The journey to recovery begins in comfort—somewhere just like home. You’ll find our 26-bed mental health rehabilitation center tucked away in Ferndale, Johannesburg and gardened by lushly green trees. It offers bricked pathways to meander along, and a refreshing pool to cool off in.
We look forward to welcoming you to our mental institution. Everyone who joins our community appreciates the calm, safe space we’ve created.
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What do you do next?

We’d like to meet with you before agreeing to admit you (or your loved one). This is our chance to get to know you better, hear your story and determine if we can help you with our programme.
So contact us or fill in the form and we’ll set up an in-person or virtual meeting at a time that suits you.

How can you be admitted and what do you need?

To be accepted for admission, you need to tick certain criteria. For example, you must be over 18 years of age, capable of administering medication with supervision, and able and willing to participate in treatment and social gatherings. If you’re not sure, please don’t stress. 

What will it cost?

We are a private facility that’s not attached to any medical aid or government-funded programme. We prefer payment upfront.

Do you exclude people?

While we’d love to help everyone, we also accept our limitations in our mental health hospital. We know with whom we work best. Having said that, we still encourage you to reach out and arrange an in-person or virtual meeting. You can depend on us for a truthful assessment.

Papillon Recovery Centre is a place where compassionate care meets comprehensive treatment.

As a leading provider of psychiatric services in South Africa, they are dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. Whether you are seeking specialised therapy, crisis intervention, or long-term care, the experienced team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and therapists is ready to provide personalised support.

They prioritise dignity, respect, and the highest standards of clinical excellence to empower patients to lead fulfilling lives.


What Is Mental Health Rehab?

Mental health rehab, short for mental health rehabilitation, refers to a structured and supervised programme designed to help individuals recover from mental health issues, disorders, or conditions.

Such rehabilitation normally involves comprehensive therapeutic interventions and support systems aimed at improving the mental health and overall well-being of the referred patient.

These programmes are best provided in a mental health centre or mental health hospital that specialise in psychiatric care. The ultimate goal of mental health rehab is to facilitate recovery, improve quality of life, and empower individuals to manage their mental health effectively.

Mental health rehab typically includes various components such as:

  • Both individual and group therapy sessions are conducted to address psychological and emotional challenges.
  • Proper administration and monitoring of psychiatric medications under medical supervision.
  • Teaching coping mechanisms, social skills, and activities of daily living to enhance independence.
  • A structured environment that promotes recovery and stability, such as in a specialised mental institution, equipped with skilled staff.


The Importance of Choosing a Mental Health Recovery Facility

Choosing a mental health rehab facility that offers specialised care ensures that individuals receive treatment tailored to their specific needs. This means the facility is equipped to address a wide range of mental health conditions, from mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder to severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Specialised care may include the following:

A comprehensive assessment of a patient to develop a personalised treatment plan that targets their unique challenges and goals.


Specialised Treatments

Facilities offering specialised care employ evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care that have been proven effective for different mental health disorders.

For individuals dealing with both mental health and substance abuse issues (dual diagnosis), specialised facilities can provide integrated treatment to address both conditions simultaneously.


Qualified Staff

A reputable mental health rehab facility is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of qualified professionals who are essential for delivering effective care. Having qualified staff ensures that patients receive expert guidance, monitoring, and support throughout their rehabilitation journey, enhancing treatment outcomes.

This team typically includes the following experts:

  • Medical doctors specialising in psychiatry who can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe medications, and oversee treatment plans.
  • Experts in psychological assessment and therapy, offering individual and group counselling to address emotional and behavioural issues.
  • Trained in psychiatric nursing, they provide round-the-clock care, administer medications, and monitor patients’ physical health.
  • Licensed therapists (e.g., social workers, counsellors) who conduct therapy sessions and facilitate therapeutic activities.


A Safe Environment

A safe environment is crucial for effective mental health rehabilitation, providing stability and security for patients to focus on recovery. A safe environment promotes a sense of stability and predictability, crucial for individuals experiencing mental health challenges to regain control and progress in their recovery.

Key aspects of a safe environment include:

  • 24/7 Supervision – Facilities should maintain constant supervision to ensure patient safety and intervene in crises promptly.
  • Physical safety measures such as locked units or restricted access areas for patients who require intensive monitoring or are at risk of harm to themselves or others.
  • A supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where patients feel comfortable expressing themselves and engaging in therapy.


Structured Programmes

Structured programmes provide a framework for treatment that is organised, goal-oriented, and tailored to meet the diverse needs of patients.

These programmes typically include:

  • Structured daily routines that include therapy sessions, group activities, educational workshops, and recreational opportunities.
  • Collaborative goal-setting between patients and their treatment team to achieve measurable progress in recovery.
  • Programmes that teach coping skills, stress management techniques, and social skills to enhance daily functioning and resilience.
  • Family therapy sessions and peer support groups to strengthen social connections and improve overall support networks.


Continuous Care

A continuum of care refers to a comprehensive range of treatment options that cater to patients’ varying needs at different stages of their recovery. This includes flexible levels of care, from intensive inpatient treatment for acute conditions to outpatient programmes for ongoing support and relapse prevention as well as smooth transitions between different levels of care.

Personalised aftercare plans should be developed that include outpatient therapy, support groups, and community resources to maintain long-term recovery and programmes that help patients reintegrate into their communities, such as vocational training, housing assistance, and educational support.


Benefits of mental health rehabilitation

Rehab programmes help individuals learn effective strategies to manage symptoms of their mental health condition, reducing the impact on daily life. Through therapy and skill-building exercises, individuals can improve their ability to function in various aspects of life, including work, relationships, and self-care.

Group therapy sessions and interactions with peers in similar situations provide emotional support and reduce feelings of isolation. Many rehab programmes take a holistic approach, addressing not only mental health but also physical health and overall well-being.

Rehab programmes often involve family members, educating them about the condition and teaching them how to provide support, which can improve overall family dynamics.




What does it mean to be committed to a mental institution?

Being committed to a mental institution typically involves a legal process where an individual is involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility for evaluation and treatment due to concerns about their mental health and safety.

This process usually requires a court order or certification by mental health professionals indicating that the individual poses a danger to themselves or others or is unable to care for themselves adequately.


How do you get admitted into a mental hospital in South Africa?

In South Africa, admission to a mental hospital can occur voluntarily or involuntarily.

For voluntary admission, individuals can seek help directly from a mental health facility or through a referral from a healthcare provider.

Involuntary admission requires an application to a magistrate, supported by medical certificates, stating that the person needs psychiatric care and poses a risk to themselves or others.


When is Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa?

Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa is observed annually in October.

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