1. Plymouth & District Mind Association (PADMA) United Kingdom 

2. VsI Zmogiskuju istekliu stebesenos ir pletros biuras (ZISPB) Lithuania

3. Society of social psychiatry and mental health (SSP&MH) Greece

4. Behcet Hastalari ve Saglikli Yasam Dernegi (BEHDER) Turkey

5. Asociatia Institutul pentru Parteneriat Social Bucovina (Bucovina Institute) Romania

6. Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH) Greece


1. Plymouth & District Mind Association (PADMA) United Kingdom

Formed in 1984 and delivers mental health training to the people of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. In 2004 Plymouth Mind led a local consortium of 5 organisations, including the local office of a national organisation, Working Links, in an EQUAL project looking at barriers to employment for refugees and migrant workers. This was, in turn, part of a transnational partnership that ceased in 2007. In 2010 we coordinated a ToI programme to transfer a level 3 community mental health training programme to Slovenia, Poland, Greece and Lithuania where it was nationally accredited in each country. We are well versed in developing training programmes with 2 members of staff having Cert Ed qualifications and Graham Nicholls also an NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) assessor and approved internal verifyer with City and Guilds and the Open College Network. Graham also holds a media production qualification; he has also delivered positive thinking workshops to a wide audience, and is known to be a motivational speaker, with several endorsements, to this, on “LinkedIn”. In 2004, Graham was instrumental in developing the PADMA level 1 nationally accredited training for young people: “Self Exploration For Young People”, developed to help young people explore their emotions and own mental well being. This was developed in consultation with student school councils locally. PADMA has delivered this to 2000+ young people in Plymouth, until funding ceased in 2007. This project was well received by teachers and parents in addition to students who made comments, such as “this is the first time we have been able to sit down and express our own thoughts and feelings”.
PADMA chairs the Plymouth Mental Health Providers Network and leads on local strategic action plans in mental health. Plymouth Mind employs 13 staff, many of whom empower support groups and now deliver self harm awareness to young people in Schools (14+ yrs of age).
In January 2013 PADMA opened its “Plymouth Recovery College” to facilitate inclusion of disadvantaged participants who are willing to attend a “recovery college” but shy away from going to a mental health centre. The aim of the Recovery College is to help people move forward in their journey, fulfill their potential and attain a better quality of life. PADMA provides services to an average of 400 mental health service users, their carers and support workers, per month, in addition to the school work. PADMA is accredited to deliver Mental Health First Aid and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to employers, employees, social workers, nurses and all stakeholders involved in suicide intervention and positive mental well being, particularly for young people.
We have a level 3 Quality Mark (highest level) from National Mind (September 2013). PADMA’s registered charity number is 900484 and is listed on the UK Charity Commission web site. We work extensively in the areas of Plymouth, West Devon, North Cornwall and Caradon (East Cornwall), and also across the UK through affiliation to National Mind and its LMA (local Mind Affiliations) network. PADMA is an autonomous charity in its own right and does not receive funding from National Mind and is an approved City & Guilds and Open College Network Training Centre. We operate our own “Recovery College” for the local community and visit local schools on a regular basis to deliver self care compassion support to young people.

Emotional self exploration is seen by PADMA as being an integral part of PHSE (Personal Social and Health Education) in schools, in terms of helping young people increase their levels of emotional self-confidence through which they can further develop their decision making and entrepreneurial skills. DSHPC will complement all that we currently do with young people and also have a major impact on future development of our work in schools, in that we will be able to disseminate the results as a shared best practice resource directly to our own workforce, other front line youth workers, teachers and carers. All results will be posted on a dedicated project web site and all partners’ web sites in addition to a final international conference for dissemination EU-wide.

2. VsI Zmogiskuju istekliu stebesenos ir pletros biuras (ZISPB) Lithuania

Zmogiskuju istekliu stebesenos ir pletros biuras (ZISPB) was established in 2010 in Siauliai, Lithuania. We have 7 employees. In order to fulfil its aims ZISPB has a lot of partners in various areas: social, educational, management.

Main objectives:
Observation, analysis and assessment of various social phenomena and processes in the field of social and educational policy;
Creation, adaptation and implementation various innovative social and adult educational initiatives and projects in the field of formal and non-formal education and social work providing training services to professionals and different target groups such like families at risk, offenders, ex prisoners.

ZISPB seeks to create or adapt new psychological services and training for the different groups of professionals working with social disadvantageous groups to provide them with information, counselling and educational activities; to initiate, participate and implement both local and international projects in the field of social work, formal and non-formal education; to improve skills, competences and knowledge to professionals and volunteers and provide them with methodical support. Any project that aims to provide new, non-tertiary vocational programmes to train community mental health workers is closely related with activities of ZISPB.

ZISPB provides various services: 1) organization, execution and implementation of various social initiatives and activities, conferences, “round table” meetings etc. mainly in the field of HR management and inclusion of socially disadvantaged, vulnerable groups (e.g. elderly, unemployed, disabled, etc.); 2) provision of research, information, counselling (advice), external evaluation services; 3) translation, interpretation services; 4) provision of training; 5) websites creation, information sharing tools, etc.

The competence and experience of ZISPB staff members permits perfectly to undertake the responsibility of dissemination and conference hosting and organising, which requires a high level of engagement and professionalism. Also the organization has a team highly competent to ensure the results are exploited within other activities. Staff competences also guarantee satisfactory technical and financial management of the ZISPB participation in this project.

Currently the main activities of organization are:
1. Development and implementation of local and international projects mostly with socially excluded target groups.
2. Development and accreditation of different programs for post-graduated social workers, social workers assistants, nurses, manages, employers, volunteers, etc.
3. Training courses for post-graduated social workers, social workers assistants, nurses, manages, employees, volunteers, etc.

Previous experience includes:
• Conference “Project “Place and Train” Supporting Professionals Working With People With Mental Health Issues into Work and Education” 51706-LLP-1-2011-UK-GRUNDTVIG-GMP
• Organized and moderate the international 2 day conference of the Leonardo Da Vinci programme Transfer of Innovation Project “Vocational Training Programme in Community Mental Health” in 2012.
• Excellent media (including TV) contacts – The 2012 international conference was broadcast on Lithuania TV with interviews with Asta Jaseliuniene and Graham Nicholls

Previous and Ongoing:
• Support for other NGOs in developing and implementing local and international projects.
• ŽISPB is a participant in the Leonardo da Vinci programme Transfer of Innovation project “The transfer of competences for tutors to achieve business (vocational) and social competences of female prisoners and ex-offenders” (COMPETENT TO DO). The organisation is responsible for the valorisation (dissemination and exploitation of the results) work package as we have got the experience and team in place for the implementation of these activities. ZISPB is responsible for the transfer and adaptation of 2 modules (related to social and entrepreneurial competences) and their pilot implementation in Lithuania.

ZISPB undertakes to coordinate the dissemination and final international conference of the project: “DSH Positive Choices” as its prime role and will support all other activities of partners involved.

3. Society of social psychiatry and mental health (SSP&MH) Greece

The Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health (S.S.P.&M.H.) is a non-profit scientific organisation (Legal Entity under Private Law – ΝΠΙΔ in Greek), which was founded in 1981 and provides high quality psychiatric and psychological support services, in order to ensure the population’s mental health and well-being. The SSP&MH provides services to approximately 2,500 patients (community living and outpatient services of the Mobile Psychiatric Units for remote areas) per year. The SSP&MH has app. 200 people staff.

The Society’s services are financed by EU funds (ESF, NSRF) and Greek State funds.

The Society undertakes community sensitisation activities and promotes the prevention of mental health problems, the early intervention, the social inclusion and employment of people with mental health problems, advancing their human rights and equal opportunities.

The Society’s main activities and services are:
• Contributing to the Greek Psychiatric Reform
• Development of community sensitisation activities. The training of adults in the community (volunteers, parents’ and teachers’ groups, local authorities e.g. the Police, Judges, Church) aims to facilitate them adopt a positive attitude towards disadvantaged groups and to eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness and disability. The Community Sensitization activities aim also to the population’s mental health promotion.
• Development of “out of hospital” care services (e.g. Crisis Intervention at Home) and establishing links between the community, the users and the services.
• Follow-up of users of mental health services and cooperation with the family and psycho-education programmes.
• We operate 2 new community day centres for the follow up of people with severe mental health problems in order to prevent their relapses and hospitalization.
• Operation of 6 residential houses and 20 protected apartments for people with psychosocial problems formerly hospitalised at Greece’s Psychiatric Hospitals.
• 1 Day Centre for the Psychological Support of People with Cancer.
• Operation of 2 Mobile Psychiatric Units in the Prefectures of Fokida (central Greece), Evros and Rodopi (North Greece).
• Implementation of Programmes for the Social and Work Rehabilitation of people with mental health problems. We operate 2 Limited Liability Social Co-operatives, (KoiSPE in Greek language).
• Training Programmes for Professionals: The Society has undertaken the training of the personnel of new Hostels created within the framework of the Psychargos II Programme around Greece. From 2002 until 2009, 27 educational programmes have been realised throughout the country and training has been offered to app. 523 professionals (psychologists, social workers, nurses etc). Each programme had duration of 150 hours theory and 190 hours practice. The Society cooperates with the University of Thrace in a postgraduate Programme in Social Psychiatry for Mental Health Professionals.
• Co-operation with European Mental Health organizations. The Society is a founding member of the European network of mental health organizations Asklepios, is a member of SMES Europa (Santé Mentale et Exclusion Sociale) and ECCL (European Coalition for Community Living), acts as a focal point for Greece of the European Organisation Mental Health Europe, and is represented in the European network Social Firms Europe – CEFEC which focuses on the employment rehabilitation of people with disability and mental health problems, as well as the European Disability Forum.
• The Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health has implemented a number of European Programmes such as Horizon, Leonardo Da Vinci (acting as co-ordinators) and Daphne III (acting as partners with MHE as the co-ordinator) on the Programme “Violence Against Women at Work…Let’s Talk About It!” (2009-2010).
• The Society has implemented a two year (2010-2012) Grundtvig Programme entitled “Social Competencies for the Community Participation of People with Disabilities / SocPart” which is a partnership between organizations from UK, Germany, Denmark, Greece and the Czech Republic.
• The Society has implemented a two year (2010-2012) Leonardo Da Vinci Programme “4 T- Through Theatre To Talent” which is a partnership between organizations from Italy, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovenia.
• Our organization (in a consortium leaded by HIFAB, with the participation of: Pro Mente OÖ Austria, Bolt International Consulting and us) is currently implementing a 2 year Programme in Serbia: “Enhancing the position of residents in residential care institutions for persons with mental disability and mental illness and creation of conditions for their social inclusion in the local community”.

4. Behcet Hastalari ve Saglikli Yasam Dernegi (BEHDER) Turkey

BEHDER was established in 2009 in Turkey in order to promote health, in its wide sense, and to encourage the dialogue between science and culture . It occupies a group of behcet disease patients and is coordinated by experienced doctors, patients and teachers and trainers. It is middle size association with the members around 30.
BEHDER aims to:
• Promote health by creating networks and implementing projects based on non-formal education and learning by experience methodology
• Develop the consciousness of community of health
• Inform the community on issues regarding rare desease such as behçet
• Undertake national and international collaboration with reliable agents, in order to exchange experience and best practices
• Design programs that encourage social cohesion, protect the human rights and respect the environment
• Empower young people, enhance and build their personal skills
• Inform society on innovative programs and activities which are consistent with the organization’s aims and disseminate their results through conferences, seminars, meetings, etc.
• Organize international youth in action projects that benefit the society
• Exchange of the experiences and ideas with the European and other countries’ organizations.

BEHDER especially works on Youth area. The target group is 20-30 old people. The aim of the association is not only creating awareness on Behçet Disease, but also fostering the awareness on healthy life and health promotion. In order to fulfill this aim we have realized 4 EU funded projects so far. 2 of them were Youth in Action, one of them is LDV PLM project and one of them is Micro Fund by Turkish Republic Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasure.

This Non-Governmental organization still carry out its activity in Aksaray, Turkey. It also cooperates and collaborates with Aksaray University.

BEHDER was established to improve health promotion in a local, regional , national and international  level. It has experience of health and healthy life and also creating sustainability on healthy lifestyle. Two international training courses as youth projects funded by Turkish National Agency was carried out last years.

5. Asociatia Institutul pentru Parteneriat Social Bucovina (Bucovina) Romania

Mission: NGO founded in 2011, non profit, with aims to support the sustainable development of communities in the North East of Romania, South –West of Ukraine and entire Republic of Moldova through learning partnerships projects and organizing continuing training programs for Adults. Founding members: AREAS – Romania, AREAC – Ukraine, AREAP – Republic of Moldova, Die Querdenker Austria, KULT-ART, Romania
a) Developing programs to facilitate intercultural learning, cross-border cooperation and exchange of experience;
b) Supporting rural youth and adults, immigrants, minorities and persons with disabilities to ensure access to all forms of learning;
c) Regional and community development by conducting training courses, evaluation of competencies sessions organizing certification process, facilitating access without discrimination to all members of the community
a) organizing thematic training courses,
b) providing TOT services for 11 EBC communities (Economy Based on Knowledge ) – regional network
c) writing and implementing projects
d) organizing thematic workshops, seminars, conferences, campaigns etc
e) providing research services in, social economy, ethnography, sociology, community development
f) offering non formal trainings: languages, communication, human resources management, project management, vocational counceling
g) evaluation for european certification on ICT and PBS
Projects 2011:
• “Day center in Cerovtsy” (partner in this project) – the day center was founded for people with psihiatric disabilities from Cernovtsy, also there were developed and workshop of ocupational therapy in the Psihiatric Hospital from Cernovtsy. The project was implemented by Pro Mente Upper Austria, Regional Administration from Cernovtsy, die querdenker (Austria).
• “Center for Social Inclusion in Edinet”- The aim of the project is developing of a supporting programme of social and professional integration of people with special needs and continuing training of the employee of Neuropsihiatric Enterprises from Briceni District and Edinet from Republic of Moldova. The project is supported by Pro Mente Upper Austria, Die Querdenker (Austria) and Minister of Labour, Family and Social Protection from Republic of Moldova.
• “EU-Relay, documentary about Activ Citizenship” – Europe for Citizens Programme. Action 2, – the aim of the EU-Relay project is that to create a pan – european documentary video on the subject of european citizenship and is intended to be an answer at the question “How is reflected the active european citizenship in our society?”
• “Exploring Bucovina handcraft” – AGCN programme (partner in this project) – the aim of the project is keeping the diversity of the immaterial cultural heritage for next generations through conservation and digital archiving of the traditiona hand crafts from Bucovina (video documentary and intinerary exhibition of photography).
• Courses of landscape worker for people with disability in the frame of the project “Creation and implementation of an integrated, training and employee model of people with disabilities from Romania” – POSDRU2007/15/6.2/S/7. Partener CFCECAS Romania.
Projects 2012:
• “Social Firms Europe CEFEC 2012” (organized together with Bucovina Institute) – AREAS has obteined the presidency of Social Firm Europe in the frame of the conference in Merano, Italy and organized in September 2012 the 25th aniversary of the conference with the theme “Social Economy – Trend or Reality?”
• “SETreality” Grundtvig Partnership – GRU-12-C-LP-258-SV-RO (the coordinator). SETreality project aims to creat an educational kit for entepreneurs about social economy from each country. Partners: Bucovina Institute – Romania, PADMA – UK, Die Querdenker – Austria, ARIA – Portugal, Koispe Diadromes – Greec, Promos – Italy, National Institute for social integration – Lithuania, Nevshehir – Turkey.
Project 2013:
• “Bucovina ICT Academy”. Development of social competences and using computers for 35 people with socio-psychiatric disabilities, residents in the frame of Club Together Suceava, Complex Blijdorp Suceava, ARRP Mitocul Dragomirna.
• Bucovina BOOK Academy. Book collection actions to equip 5 training and alphabetization workshops from Republic of Moldova, structures created in the frame of five residential hospitals for people with psychiatric disabilities from Edinet District, Soroca, Chisinau and Dubasari.
• ATEDAL – Alternatives Techniques for Engaging with Disadvantaged Adult Learners: Training in Partnership – 2013-1-FR1-GRU06-495613, Grundtvig Partnership – Pooling every partners’ experience on key skills training, we seek to implement the best practice of our European colleagues in our organizational work by sharing information regarding current methods of intervention with disadvantaged people.

Bucovina Institute have experience in implementing youth in action projects, and also have send youth in exchange in different countries namely, Turkey, Republic of Moldova, Denmark, Macedonia and others. Two projects which Bucovina Institute is proud of are Bucovina Book Academy and Bucovina ICT Academy which were implemented by young volunteers. Bucovina ICT Academy were a project for people with disability, where were organizing ICT course conducted by volunteers. An important and a big project that Bucovina Institute is implementing in the present is about social inclusion and which have as target vulnerable groups. In all the activities we are trying to involve youth to teach them and to make them understand the importance of the helping and understand each other and development of the skill and competences.

6. Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis – Faculty of Fine Arts (AUTH) Greece

The School of Fine and Applied Arts has a syllabus which explores various forms of contemporary practice. The central aim of the study of fine arts is to develop a critical understanding of visual culture through an exploration of specific sites in practice.

Students engage in continuous critical dialogue, at both individual and group level, in which different points of view are brought to bear on personal work. Students and staff work together closely, but emphasis is placed on students’ contribution to their own learning. This is a truly wide-ranging fine arts course and a student’s work may be located anywhere on the whole spectrum of accepted artistic inquiry.

The education provided by the School of Visual and Applied Arts is primarily in the form of studio art studies, supplemented by corresponding scientific, theoretical and pedagogical courses for the formation of artists with a comprehensive education and specialized artistic skills. In the School of Visual and Applied Arts of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Aristotle University, the undergraduate programme of studies comprises ten semesters and leads to a unified diploma which specifies a Specialisation.

Upon completion of their studies, students have acquired the specialised artistic skills and theoretical knowledge required for employment in the private or public sector as visual creative artists. In particular, they are qualified to work in all sectors of education, as part of research teams working in the area of Art and Culture, in local government on topics of Culture, in museums, theaters, archaeological services, advertisement, television, cinema, and other professional activities, within the regulations of the existing legal framework.

Areas of expertise:
• Formulation of an interdisciplinary team comprised by university professors and child psychologists, to set parameters and establish the scientific field of action, whereby selected research methods and criteria are elected.

• According to the findings and conclusions, construction of worksheets and development a scientific psycho-artistic approach to susceptible groups and individuals, aiming to address art and its interpretation via child psychology.

• Collaboration with school units on:

a) Presenting material and discussing bullying

b) Circulating worksheets and applying research methodology formulated by the interdisciplinary team, and artwork production by students.

• Collection and sorting of relevant material.

• Organization and hosting of meetings between the interdisciplinary team and compulsory education teachers, aiming to provide information and advance decision-making on strategic planning.

• Organization and hosting of meetings between the interdisciplinary team and parents or guardians in collaboration with compulsory education teachers, for purposes of providing information on research outcomes and special awareness.

• Construction of workgroups with the participation of students, art teachers, and child psychologists, aspiring to encourage and promote scrutiny through a brief discussion on the concepts: strong, weak, powerless, incapable, vulnerable.

• Organization and hosting of bidirectional workshops for students, art educators, and child psychologists, aiming to:

a) Produce and present young people’s representative artworks to the group.

b) Exhibit the artworks to the public.

• Organization and hosting of seminars and workshops with the participation of parents and educators, for the dissemination of conclusions.

Art can serve to depict malaise, as a means of expression and communication, as a tool for psychological decompression, a way to utter the unsaid, an instrument to detect, identify and treat pathology, and a remedy for socially vulnerable victims of bullying, who can benefit from opportunities to express their views in a safe creative environment. It grants the opportunity to explore self-image and the perceptions of victims and perpetrators, thus to detect trauma. The latter is particularly significant for young people, who can benefit from telling their stories and sharing their illustrations, either with the help of a professional or with peers who can empathize.

Art can present adolescents with opportunities to communicate and explore deeper feelings and emotions: fear, anxiety, confusion, and anger that can be captured in drawings, sculptures, the handling of colors, even collages and video art. Such attempts can be transformed and easily manifested to visual products, without the fear of exposure inherent in verbal articulation.

The opportunity will arise through the collaboration of workgroups with students to bring awareness with an aim to cancel restrictions imposed by the barriers that reduce the dynamics of communication and expression.

We intend to use art to in fields of:
• Arrogance,
• Feelings of shame or anxiety,
• Low self-esteem,
• Jealousy,
• Depression,
• Solitude,
• Stress,
• Increased susceptibility to illness,
• Maladjustment,
• Posttraumatic stress,
• Incapacity to form relationships,
• Ridicule,
• Rejection, and
• Deficiency of social skills.

Through prior cooperation with the SSP&MH and service-providers in the fields of: a) physical and mental health of young people, b) preschool/compulsory education, and c) social welfare; research has shown that timely and well-targeted measures that aim to sensitize young people on the needs and feelings of others produce excellent results in terms of preventing occurrence of delinquent or antisocial behavior.

An interdisciplinary scientific team comprised by professors of fine arts, social workers, sociologists, psychologists, and guidance counselors will work with parents / guardians to help young people in all aspects of life (educational, vocational, and social). In the course of clinical research, the psychiatrist provides answers and proposed treatments, while the artist explores morphology through allegorical metaphors. Within the context and under the need of social cooperation, both can help mitigate or eradicate the “stigma” of mental ailment.

Through this proposal, the program aspires to teach life lessons and instill strength, manage differences and strengthen young person’s ability to interact, stand up for themselves when harassed by others, prop their development, to cultivate healthy social and emotional skills, and build various coping strategies.

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