RECOVER-E workshop given at the 2019 EPA Congress
The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) hosted its annual congress on April 6-9, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. This year’s theme was “Psychiatry in Transition – Towards New Models, Goals, and Challenges” and focused on evidence-based medicine in psychopharmacology, implementation of community-based mental health systems, e-mental health applications, and prevention programs.
The RECOVER-E project addresses gaps in healthcare systems in Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Romania that prevent comprehensive community based mental health care for patients who need it. In addressing these gaps, RECOVER-E enables people with severe and enduring mental ill health who are often placed in vulnerable positions to remain integrated within their communities. The project supports transitions from institutionalized methods of care to a model that approaches mental health care more holistically. Major components of this community care are community mental health teams and home visits.
Representatives from the RECOVER-E project hosted a workshop at the EPA conference to communicate the importance of this transition toward community-based mental health care in Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Ionela Petrea, Head of Trimbos’ International Department, Dr. Rene Keet, Director of Community Mental Health Services at GGZ Noord Holland Noord, and Dr. Martina Rojnic Kuzman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Zagreb University Hospital Centre, presented the importance of tailoring care pathways based on the needs and structural gaps across different countries.
The EPA congress was an excellent opportunity to disseminate project learnings and to get mental health professionals invested in community-based mental health care efforts.