SSP&MH Greece

 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”.

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