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German Group of Menthal Health Europe

The following members of Menthal Health Europe form the German Group:

Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V.
(Umbrella Organisation Community-based Psychiatry)

Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie e.V., its national associations and its regional members campaign community-integrated therapeutically help, rehabilitative and socially reintegrating help. They take care for a permanent social inclusion, self determination, avoidance of exclusion as well as for equal social participation of people with a mental crisis or a mental disorder.

The organisation was founded in Bonn, as the Umbrella organisation of psychosocial helping associations in Germany e.V. by representatives of civil helping associations during the first phase of the psychiatry reform of the post-war period (1965-1980). In 2003, its name was changed to Umbrella Organisation of Community-Based Psychiatry. This step assigns an enlargement of its profile, from an organisation of civically organised associations through to a broader range of different providers for community-based psychiatric help and care offers.

The 214 members in 16 Federal States and the 6 National Associations support mentally ill people by different community-based psychiatric activities, such as consultation, treatment, care, rehabilitation, help to self-sufficiency, help to participate in social life, help to participate in working life, help to prevention, crisis support, visiting and clubs. Its members have over 20,000 employees with whom they provide outpatient about 100,000 people with mental health problems. A further characteristic of the work of the umbrella organisation is the commitment to support self-helping activities of psychiatry-experienced persons and relatives as well as the support of the trialogue and the support of committed citizens (quadrologue).

Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie is national Focal Point Germany.  


(Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists in Germany)

The Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists in Germany (BPtK) is the working group of the individual state psychotherapists' chambers of the psychological psychotherapists and the child and adolescent psychotherapists in Germany. All twelve individual state psychotherapists' chambers belong to it. It represents the interests of over 40,000 psychological psychotherapists and child and adolescent psychotherapists on a federal level. Its tasks includes the promotion of initial and continued psychotherapeutic training and working towards sufficient provision of psychotherapeutic care for the German population in the curative, preventative and rehabilitative fields.

On European level the BPtK engages for including psychotherapeutic expertise sufficiently in the process of offering quality-assured care for mentally ill people and to cooperate in the field of mental health beyond the boundaries of a special profession.

Contact: Dr. Angelika Kiewel, Social Policy Europe. E-Mail: kiewel@bptk.de 


Pfalzklinikum - Service Provider for Mental Health

What are the main objectives of the Pfalzklinikum für Psychiatrie und Neurologie? Our wide-ranging clinic-based services provide support for children and adults with a variety of mental health problems. The Pfalzklinikum has recently been working to improve its 'psychiatry for later life' services, which typically include treatments for patients with Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) and Dementia. When it comes to prevention we decided to use a multi-agency approach. This means for me, that we try to be part in network-based and regional setting. In this field we are proud to be the founder of the initiative "roads to resilience". In the community setting, we run all kinds of services (Care - Foster - living) and for example a nurse-based, outpatient service which offers various types of support for people with mental disabilities to enable them to lead a 'normal' life - both in the community and the workplace. And we invest in new approaches like empowerment and recovery.

How does the Pfalzklinikum ensure individuals affected by mental health issues are cared for in the most effective ways? We have two main strategies. The first is that we try to invest in specialised expert-orientated diagnostics based services like acute psychiatry or neurology. The second is that we try to act as a partner to the community, eg. with our prevention strategy. Not only does the Pfalzklinikum advocate for specialised hospitals, we want to be an expert and partner for social issues in the community and region around mental health. For example, we try to find ways to help people better cope with their mental health problems and also ensure they can seek support from our experts in their region if the disease becomes so severe that they need help.

Does the system of mental healthcare in Germany require a greater focus on innovative policy reform as opposed to medical and technical innovation? While, communication is one issue, another is that the whole German healthcare system is focused on medical and technological innovation. However, in mental health there are no medical and technical innovations. We have to think about social strategies to encourage people to open up and talk about their problems. Therefore, we need a totally different focus to a more industrialised way of thinking about innovation - we have to talk about social innovation.

How does international collaboration help address the greatest healthcare challenges? Countries face the same problems but have different solutions. Therefore, it's helpful to combine solutions in order to decide on the best way forward. Sometimes we take too narrow a view in healthcare. It's important to get rid of boundaries and expand thinking, as well as communicating and sharing knowledge. This is why the Pfalzklinikum believes in international collaboration.  Beside the fact, that acting in an international surrounding will help us to find the smart people. And the international collaboration is going on. We have now partner in Blackpool and we ar working together on our resilience issues. This collaboration is a great benefit for us!


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German Focal Point

Der Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie ist der German Focal Point von Mental Health Europe (MHE), dem europäischen Dachverband der Gemeindepsychiatrie mit Sitz in Brüssel: www.mhe-sme.org

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