International Mental Health Collaborating Network

Paradigm Shift in Mental Health in the Post-Covid era

Monday, 31st August 2020

h 10,00-13,00 CET (Rome) 

 A Zoom Round Table Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_diDZ5gTVSBmts6qB0H3Dww

or you can view on YouTube via the ESOF2020 Festival on the day

Supported by:

  • International Mental Health Collaborating Network 
  • World Federation for Mental Health 
  • Mental Health Europe 
  • European Community based Mental Health Service Providers (EUCOMS) Network 
  • World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation 
  • Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN) 
  • and others

In the year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the death of Franco Basaglia, we are co-hosting a Round Table Webinar for the ESOF2020 Festival, in Trieste, Italy. 

This event is for everybody concerned with meeting the whole lives needs of people with mental health issues. We believe that learning from the Coronavirus Pandemic and the last 50 years is a time for fundamental change.

We have embarked upon creating a coalition of international partners to address the need for citizen and community mental health to be at the heart of social-economic system thinking and service development.

This approach is based on understanding of the learnt resilience of our people during this pandemic and how the efforts of public bodies, (including health systems, civil society organisations, politicians and citizens) should better meet the whole life needs of people.

This important event is aimed at all people, including service users, family mental health professionals, NGO’s, policy makers and all stakeholders including citizens. The reason for this meeting is to grow support for out Action Plan and to call upon the wider international, national and local communities to promote this call for a paradigm change at this opportune time. 

For further information about the contributors and the programme go here

International and National Responses to the impact of COVID - 19 on mental health needs and services

We are collating information about the responses of international organisations and national governments. Here you will find reports written by IMHCN Members; briefing documents and articles:


Meeting the whole life needs of a person through
a community whole systems approach

The IMHCN and its partners have been at the forefront of pioneering community mental health services for the last twenty years.


    • The objective is to build an integrated and comprehensive system with widespread community ownership capable of meeting the identified whole life needs of individuals and local communities.
    • It is widely acknowledged that this will improve peoples quality of life and provide opportunities for recovery from mental health issues. However, closing institutions does not necessarly lead to ending institutional thinking and practice.
    • If these reforms are to be effective we should start by changing the thinking and practices within institutions by creating and applying a whole life recovery approach.
    • This work brings many challenges and opportunities for people with mental health issues, family members, mental health workers, services and communities.
  • We have designed programmes to assist people and organisations to make these changes which are being developed and have been implemented across the world.

You can read more about our work here.

We invite you to join us as members (services, individuals and communities) in promoting and developing our work in your country and internationally. For more information about membership go here.


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