RECOVER-E in Montenegro’s media

The RECOVER-E team in Montenegro brought the RECOVER-E project to the local public on a radio show and in a daily paper

A peer worker and a social worker of the team in Montenegro were invited as a guest to talk on a local radio show about their experiences working in the RECOVER-E team and the project. The radio show can be re-listened here, please note it is in Montenegrin.

Additionally, a 2-page article was published in the daily paper Dnevne novine titled (translated) “Home treatment for a better quality of life and a faster recovery of critically ill patients’’. The article discussed several aspects of the RECOVER-E project.

The article starts by explaining when RECOVER-E started and how the model of community treatment provides a better quality of life for service users through better rehabilitation and resocialization in society, or in other words: a better recovery. The article touched upon the funding of the project, the roles of different partners in the project, and in which other countries the project is implemented. It then moved to discuss how severe mental illnesses, such as psychotic disorders and severe forms of depression, are in many ways the most demanding category, especially when there is an additional addiction disease such as alcohol or drug abuse. Followed by this, the different research phases were discussed in more detail. Furthermore, the unique involvement of peer workers was highlighted.

“An important feature of this model, unique in Europe, is the inclusion of peer workers in the daily work with service users. Peer workers are people without formal education in the field of mental health but with experience of previous treatment and rehabilitation of severe mental illness”

The article discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has made the fieldwork activities and the home visits to patients difficult. This called for other ways of contacting the patients such as online communication via Viber, other online platforms, and telephone contact. Additionally, the article discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic caused a delay in the project but how a 6-month extension was accepted to overcome the delay. The article concluded by explaining the economic evaluation and how it is expected that community-based treatment compared to institutional treatment is a better alternative.

” “In many countries around the world, it has been indisputably shown that the transition from institutional to community-based treatment brings a more economically acceptable model of treatment” the Montenegrin researchers concluded.”

You can read the article here on page 18/19, please note it is in Montenegrin.