Introduction: Mental disorders are among the diseases associated with the greatest negative impact on social functioning and quality of life. In psychiatry, the study of quality of life has the advantage that it draws the therapist's attention to the entire situation of the patient, forcing him or her to turn away from focusing solely on psychopathological symptoms. Quality of life testing is a separate element of the patient's situation and does not correlate directly with the presence and intensity of disease symp-toms.
Aim of the study. The aim of the study was to present selected forms of organization of care for people with mental disorders.
Selection of material. The search was conducted in the Scopus database using the terms mental illness, social functioning, quali-ty of life 1966-2018. The literature found in the Google Scholar database was analysed for the highest number of citations. The literature selected in this way was used as the material for this work.
Conclusions. Social disability often affects people with schizo-phrenia, depression, anxiety, personality or nutrition disorders, so the assessment of their quality of life plays an important role in their case. Subjective assessment of quality of life is strongly related to the needs considered by the patient as indispensable for his or her proper social functioning, therefore the satisfaction of these needs should be the basis for health care planning.