International Mental Health Collaborating Network

GOOD PRACTICE SERVICES

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS & RECOVERY IN MENTAL HEALTH

TRIESTE 23-26 SEPTEMBER 2019

The meeting is organized by WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health ASUI Trieste with thevWorld Health Organization and will feature WHO QualityRights Programme, its implementation in Europe and globally,  as well as the new  WHO initiative to identify examples of good practice community based services that respect the rights and promote recovery.

Services and supports that:

  • are people-centred
  • operate without coercion
  • respond to people’s needs
  • support recovery
  • promote autonomy and inclusion in line with international human rights standards.

The Trieste model and its regional developments will be presented as an example of whole system change.

The meeting will also include:

  • WHO QualityRights overview and global implementation
  • WHO Euro QualityRights country presentations
  • Meetings between national focal points and the experts of best practice modules
  • The Trieste model and its implementation in the Region and else where in the world
  • Recommendations of the phasing out of psychiatric hospitals
  • Empowerment networks
  • Good practices of social enterprises and job placement
  • International cooperation (California, Argentina, UK, The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Serbia among others)
  • Study visits to Services in Trieste and the Region (on request-few places available)

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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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