International Mental Health Collaborating Network



Learning From the Trieste Mental Health Experience:

Developing Essential Ingredients in Creating A Resilient Mental Health Service

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 We know there is lot of interest in the experience of Trieste and this is a rare opportunity to hear directly from four of the most important managers and clinicians who led the internationally significant deinstitionalization processes in Trieste, Italy, through the closure of a large psychiatric hospital and the development of local Community Mental Health Centres with hospitality.
We hope you can come along.
It’s a pay as you feel event, from £1.00 with a guide price of £15.00.
Further if you are unavailable on the day you can purchase a recording of the event for £10.00 (go to EventBrite tickets - link above)
Please share to anyone in your network who you think might be interested in attending.
This webinar describes the Trieste Mental Health Services and Practices. It will focus on the principles and values that underpinned the structure of this progressive mental health system and service developed over the last 40 years. 
The presenters: 
Dr Roberto Mezzina contributed, as clinician and manager, from 1978 to the experience of Trieste, which inspired the Italian Mental Health Reform Law of 1978, closing the psychiatric hospital and creating a network of totally alternative community based network of services. This is recently reconfirmed as a model for the World Health Organisation (2021).
Pina Ridente is a psychiatrist who has had over 40 years of experience in the Trieste MHD, with specific expertise in deinstitutionalisation, psychosocial rehabilitation, supported housing and personal budgeting, women's mental health, co-production
Renzo Bonn is a psychiatrist. He worked (1982 – 1999) in Mental Health Services in Trieste (Italy), including as Director of a 24 hours Mental Health Centre.
Peppe Dell'Acqua Started working with Franco Basaglia from the early days of Trieste. He took part in changing and closing down thePsychiatric Hospital. For 18 years he was Director of the Mental Health Department.
Essential elements & components of the experience include:
  • human rights, recovery and social inclusion, citizenship, holistic care 
  • Developing a methodology for a whole system / network of community services and social capital
  • Developing a 24-hour Community Mental Health Centre and crisis ap-proach
Specific programs:
  • Establishing social cooperatives / enterprises 
  • Personal budgets and supported accommodation 
  • Gender approaches and programs
  • Youth Services
  • Micro areas: social capital and community development
Who should attend?
Organisations and people interested including learning about the details of the Trieste Mental Health Services and those that are implementing what has been learnt.
This workshop will be recorded and you can use the ticket function to pre-purchase the recording before the event. This will be useful for colleagues who are not able to attend the event live and also for those who attend the event live and want to watch it again.
This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group



IMHCN Launches International Mental Health Learning, Development and Training School


The International Mental Health Learning, Development and Training School aims to address the need and help to transform mental health services and practices across the world. 

The aims and objectives of the School are to: 

    • Assist Mental Health providers in the transformation of their services and practices
    • To help organisations to develop a Whole Person, Whole Life-Whole System Strategy
    • To increase the knowledge of mental health workers in the social determinants of mental health
    • To introduce recovery and discovery tools and instruments

We will be running regular webinars in partnership with OnlineEvents, you can see our programme here

Find out more about the International School here.


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