Programs

1. Refugee Support Services: Since October 2017, Society of Social Psychiatry & Mental Health in collaboration with International Rescue Committee (IRC) runs a Mobile Unit (MU) in the center of Athens, which is funded by ECHO. The aim of the MU which is supported by psychiatrist, child and adult psychologists, speech and language therapist, art therapist and interpreters- is to provide psychosocial support services to refugees that don’t live in refugee camps. The services are offered individually or in group therapy scheme. Furthermore, the MU develops sensitization activities and promotes collaborations with other organizations that work with refugees

2. Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group: EKP&PSY participates in the Mental Health & Psychosocial Working Group (MHPSS WG) for Refugees, which operates under the auspices of the UN Refugee Agency in collaboration with the Day Center “Babel”. The main purpose is to develop a network of organizations and actors working with refugees in Greece that will help the formation of a supervision mechanism (mental health support) for the NGO’s staff coping with extremely demanding working conditions. Among the organizations that participate in the WG is the Spanish Red Cross, Praksis, Solidarity Now, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, International Committee of Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Medecins du Monde etc.

3. ERASMUS +DIGNITY & WELL -BEING: Exchange for changing: The program aims to enhance the capacity of professionals working with homeless or refugees with mental health problems. A further purpose is to produce educational material based on the outcomes of workshops, case studies, and the collection of best and innovative practices. This material will help professionals to support effectively the target groups by defending their human rights and pursuing more decent living conditions.

4. ERASMUS+ KA2 Be Right: Training Program in Human Rights for professionals working in social and health care sector which aims to: a) Develop an online educational platform for professionals about human rights in mental health b) Create a table game about human rights in mental health with a pilot try available for mental health service users.

5. ERASMUS + project: PERMIND: Permaculture applied in the recovery process of people with mental illness. The program refers to the development of an innovative online learning platform (www.permind.eu) addressed to mental health professionals. The aim is to create a “therapeutic garden” based on the philosophy of Permaculture that promotes the equal collaboration between mental health professionals and users in the course of the production process (garden cultivation). A mobile application will be developed to train participants. The outcomes of the program will be publicly communicated through media, e-newsletters and awareness activities.

6. ERASMUS + KA1 Individuals Mobility First European Sports Party: The program refers to the organization of a sports event for mental health service users and their carers.
The target is to empower users and promote their social inclusion through the sensitization of the community.