Mentality

Implementing mental health quality practices

The project MENTALITY will pilot established European promising practices targeted at children, healthcare and other care workers, people with pre-existing mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities, migrants, and service providers.

The project will establish a path for successful and sustainable transfer and adaptation of practices in participating countries that will also lead to in-country upscale and further future implementation in other EU countries. Capacity-building activities and materials will be developed and made available to support this. An EU-wide awareness-raising campaign will be carried out at the same time to break a major barrier to mental health support: stigma and discrimination.

The MENTALITY Consortium

The consortium of the MENTALITY project is made of 7 organisations across 6 European countries.

About Mental Health Europe

Mental Health Europe is a European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)users of mental health services, persons with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers.

MHE works closely with the European Institutions and international bodies to mainstream mental health in all policies and end mental health stigma. Mental Health Europe represents associations and individuals in the field of mental health including users of mental health services, professionals, service providers and volunteers. Together with its members, MHE formulates recommendations for policy makers to develop mental health friendly policies. MHE places users of mental services at the centre of its work to ensure the voice of people who have experienced mental ill health is heard across Europe.

 

Mental Health Europe & Mentality

Mental Health Europe is the coordinator of the project Mentality, and the leader for the work for the Work Package 1 and Work Package 2. Work Package 1 covered the project coordination and the supervision of the activities implemented by the consortium partners. Work Package 2 mainly relies on the Communication, Awareness Raising and Exploitation (CARE) Plan, which supports partners’ communication activities throughout the whole length of the project.

About EuroHealthNet

EuroHealthNet is the not-for-profit partnership of public health agencies and organisations building a healthier future for all by addressing the determinants of health and reducing inequalities.

The Brussels-based partnership includes 64 organisations in 28 European countries, which steer the work of the office through three collaborating platforms: Practice, Policy, and Research, with a core team amplifying the work. EuroHealthNet focuses on health in all policies, reducing health inequalities gaps and gradients, working on determinants across the life course, contributing to sustainability and wellbeing of people and planet.

 

EuroHealthNet & Mentality

Within the MENTALITY consortium, EuroHealthNet primarily focuses on the transfer and implementation of good practices in the field of mental health and social inclusion. The EuroHealthNet Team will analyse the implementation of the pilots and summarise the lessons learned by project partners into tangible insights. These insights will inform the creation of training materials (guidelines and video materials) for future implementation of the piloted practices. Towards the end of the project, EuroHealthNet will then lead the creation of these materials. You can find more information here.

EuroHealthNet also contributes to the project at all stages through supporting partners with the translation of the identified promising practices into action, and by communicating and disseminating developments and results to relevant stakeholders and the public.

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About ESTUAR Foundation

Estuar Foundation is the largest NGO in Romania that works for and with persons that were diagnosed with mental illnesses, with 30 years of experience. The foundation offers social and alternative options to adults with mental health problems for their inclusion in the Romanian community. It was the first organisation in Romania to create a network of accredited and recognized community day care and housing services for adults with mental health problems. It offers a variety of services: among others, sheltered housing as an alternative to hospitalisation and institutionalisation; counselling, “parents’ school” and information points in psychiatric hospitals for families and informal carers, awareness raising campaign, legal advice.

 

Estuar Foundation & Mentality

Within Mentality project, Estuar Foundation will implement MapaWsparcia, a project that was succesfully launched in Poland: a non-profit dedicated interactive map of facilities providing free mental health support to people experiencing mental health distress and those in vulnerable situations. The facilities listed in the map can be mental health centres, therapy services, peer support, survivors’ shelters, centres for children and adolescents and more.

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About LDZ

League for Mental Health Slovakia‘s (LDZ) mission is to improve mental health, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental health, and ensure access to high-quality mental health services for all individuals in Slovakia.
LDZ was created in 2000 to support the reform of the mental healthcare system in Slovakia by engaging the public. The League is the umbrella organization of NGOs active in the mental health field. It is a partner to the government in system change discussions, gives voice to patients and experts, and is Slovakia’s leading advocate of mental health. It operates a mental health helpline for Slovaks and Ukrainians, where psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health senior professionals are hired.

 

LDZ & Mentality

The goal of LDZ’s work on Mentality is to create an Interactive Map that connects people experiencing any challenges in mental health with service providers, including NGOs providing community-based services and specialized care providers. LDZ is currently collecting data on possible providers and will use MHPSS categorization, demographics, and keywords to create a comprehensive list. The beta version of the map is expected to be completed by the end of May.

LDZ is also dedicated to improving the mental health of children affected by COVID19 through innovative practices. The organization plans to leverage its Coalition of Schools to disseminate the best practices chosen for implementation, thus positively impacting a larger group of children.

 

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About Prolepsis

Prolepsis Institute, a civil non-for-profit organization, was established in 1990 in Athens. With a strong belief in health being a fundamental right, Prolepsis Institute has undertaken a leading role in the field of public health, by designing and implementing initiatives on various health issues and in different sectors (e.g. education, workplace) targeting a wide range of population groups, such as children and adolescents, women, migrants, and the elderly, and different types of occupational groups.

 

Prolepsis Institute & Mentality

Within the MENTALITY project, Prolepsis leads the development and implementation of the project Monitoring & Evaluation framework (M&E) and activities. The goal of this work package (WP3) is to ensure that independent evaluation is conducted to assess and analyze the implementation of the project.

Prolepsis also leads work package 5, which focuses on translating the promising practice “A Hopeful, Healthy, and Happy Living and Learning Toolkit / Teachers’ Guide” and “Measures to support mental health of migrants and refugees in times of COVID-19” to new contexts, strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders across sectors and countries, and improving processes for the practical implementation of new knowledge in different scenarios. Prolepsis, together with other piloting WP leads and the external evaluators, have developed a situation analysis and needs assessment (SANA) framework, and piloting partners will carry out the SANA and draw their implementation plans.

 

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About Riga City Council

Riga City Council is the government of the city of Riga, the capital of Latvia. The Riga City Council consists of 60 councilors who are elected every 4 years is established based on party factions. The work of the Riga City Council is organized by the Deputy Mayors, the Presidium, City Executive Director, District Executive Directors, and the staff of municipal institutions and enterprises. One of Riga City Council’s institution is Welfare Department, which Health Board is responsible for organizing the receipt of social services and social assistance and health promotion and disease prevention for the residents of the city of Riga.

 

Riga City Council & Mentality

Within the Mentality Riga City Council takes part in work package 4. Work package’s 4 target group is care staff (social workers and healthcare workers). Practice “Team Reflection” will be implemented, to promote the psycho-emotional health of care professionals in increased workload and high stress conditions. The approach is based on the idea that healthcare professionals in the presence of a professional specialist, in the known environment, together with colleagues, who have experienced the same challenges, exchange experiences and become counselors on how to manage stress and help each other to keep good psychoemotional health.

Find more about the Riga City Council activities here.

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About the Polish Migration Forum Foundation

Polish Migration Forum Foundation offers comprehensive and professional support to refugees and migrants living in Poland.We specialize in providing psycho-social and integration support, with particular attention to the needs of children, adolescents, single parents, women and people with disabilities.

 

Polish Migration Forum Foundation & Mentality

Our team of psychologists consists of 22 people. We work with children, with young people, with adults; with individuals: from the LGBTQ+ community, experiencing violence, using violence, in suicidal crisis, after traumatic experiences, with difficulties in functioning as a parent, in bereavement, after experiencing war trauma, with anxiety and adjustment disorders, with addicts, with ACoAs, with pregnant women, in perinatal crisis, with mothers of infants. The majority (around 80 per cent) of our clients are women and children.

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Contacts

If you wish to get in contact with the project coordinators, please send an email to emanuela.delsavio@mentalhealtheurope.orghealtheurope.org

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