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  THE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION "MENTAL HEALTH".
  THE PATIENTS' ASSOCIATION "OPEN THE DOORS"
  THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT
  OF COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRY AND CARE.
  THE POLISH-GERMAN ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH.
  THE POLISH-ISRAELI ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH.
 

       THE FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
      "MENTAL HEALTH".

The Families’ Association ‘Mental Health’ was established on the initiative of the families of mental patients, who had been meeting since 1985 in the Families’ Club. The Association was registered as a legal entity in Kraków on 4th December 1990, and operates as a business. It is a member in the Polish Coalition for Mental Health.

  The objectives of the Association

  • - to develop various forms of assistance for mental patients, their families and guardians.
  • - to gather funds and accept donations, especially to help create new sheltered work places and community homes of mutual assistance (hostels and sheltered apartments).
  • - to co-operate with the national health service, social assistance centres, the National Fund for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled and other non-governmental organisations, so as to prepare mental patients for life in the community.
  • - to organise informal meetings and the network of mutual assistance for the patients, members and supporters of the Association.
  • - to promote the work of the Association in the mass media.
  •   The activities of the Families’ Association
  • - It provides material and financial support for outpatient wards, therapeutic workshops of the Psychiatry Clinic, fairs and exhibitions of the works of art by the patients, camps and tours in Poland and abroad.
  • -  It supervises the Kraków hostel (address: Warszawska 1/9, tel. 422-21-74).
  • -  It provides legal, social and financial assistance to the patients and members of the Association in difficult situations.
  • - It co-operates with Polish and foreign social work associations and foundations of a similar profile (e.g. the Polish-German Association of Mental Health).
  •   The headquarters of the Association, Branches and Clubs
  • The Association is based at the outpatient rehabilitation ward of the Psychiatry Clinic [Dzienny Oddział Rehabilitacji Kliniki Psychiatrycznej], Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, ul. Miodowa 9, tel. 421-17-30 (Tue 5 p.m.-7 p.m.).

  • YOU  CAN RECEIVE ASSISTANCE 
    our adress:
    30-551 Kraków ul. Miodowa 9 tel. 0.12/421-17-30
    The Board members of the Association have their meetings and consultation hours every 
    Tuesday 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

     

    YOU  CAN PROVIDE ASSISTANCE 
    We wait for new members, supporters and sponsors, as well as for the financial assistance and donations from companies and institutions.

    our account:
    Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej

    Oddział Kraków 835035-9595-2706.11
     


         THE PATIENTS' ASSOCIATION
                  "OPEN THE DOORS"
     
     
     

    The Association ‘Open the Doors’ is a non-governmental organisation whose area of interest is the problems of mentally ill people and the improvement of the quality of their life. The Association’s members are people suffering from mental illnesses as well as those who aim to propagate the activities of the Association. It was established in 2002 in Kraków, where it is based. Its funds are membership fees, grants, donations and subsidies.

    The objectives of the Association are:

    1. Mutual assistance.
    2. Action against the stigmatisation of mentally ill people.
    3. Co-operation with domestic and foreign organisations that is aimed at  4.Educational activities in the patients’ families and environment and in the local communities.
    5.Protection of rights and dignity of people suffering from mental illnesses.


    The Association wants to reach its objectives by the following:

     
    1. Promotion of direct contacts, meetings and other group activities of mental patients, their families and therapists.
    2. Inspiration of and participation in radio and TV programmes as well as newspaper publications which intend to raise the general awareness and understanding of the problems connected with mental illnesses.
    3. Participation in and organisation of national and international conferences.
    If necessary, establishment of other organisations to carry out its statutory objectives as well as collaboration with Polish and foreign organisations with similar objectives.
    Address: 

    31-115 Kraków pl. Sikorskiego 2/8
    tel.: (004812) 421-51-17
    tel./fax:          422-56-74
    e-mail: mzcechni@cyf-kr.edu.pl

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    THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRY AND CARE.
     

    The Association for the Development of Community Psychiatry and Care was established in 1999 on the initiative of community psychiatry professionals. Its members are doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, workshop therapists and other people whose objective is to promote and develop the methods of treating mental patients in their community.

      The goals of the Association are:
     

    Adress : 
    31-115 Kraków, POLAND
    Plac Sikorskiego 2/8, 
    tel/fax 0.12/422-56-74 
     

           THE POLISH-GERMAN
                 ASSOCIATION
        FOR MENTAL HEALTH.

    Jeder Dialog setzt eine gemeinsame Sprache voraus, oder besser:
    er formt eine gemeinsame Sprache ...
                                                                     Each dialogue implies the presence of a common language , or better:
                                                                     it  forms the  common language...
                                                                                                                          Hans-Georg Gadamer
    Origin of the Polish-German Association for Mental Health

    German and Polish psychiatry are bound by many historical ties which often reflect the common fate of Germans and Poles. The most tragic events in their common history are the German invasion of Poland at the outbreak of the Second World War, the killing of mentally ill people and their guardians by Wehrmacht and SS troops as well as the euthanasia projects directed against mental patients in Germany.

    Since 1985 Polish and German psychiatrists have been looking closer at the common history of the two nations. Their guiding principle is responsibility, in both societies, for the life of the disabled and helpless, as well as the need to learn from each other and to build good relations between the two nations.

    The Polish-German Association of Mental Health was established on 26 October 1989 thanks to the involvement of the parties, the experience of personal encounter, the challenge of previous biases and the search for whatever nowadays unites German and Polish psychiatrists in their desire for co-operation.

       Members of the Polish-German Association for Mental Health

    The Association is based in Kraków and Münster. The members come from both Germany and Poland. They represent all professions active in the field of psychiatry: nursing staff, doctors, psychologists, sociologists, occupational therapists, social workers, civil servants, politicians. They work for various institutions which provide psychiatric care, such as large specialised mental hospitals, university clinics, psychiatric wards in other hospitals, outpatient wards, mental health centres, hostels, home therapy centres, homes and state administration.

              Honorary Chairman: Prof. Dr. KlausDörner,psychiatrist; Hamburg.
      Chairman: Dr. Niels Pörksen, psychiatrist; Bielefeld.
      Chairman: Dr. Andrzej Cechnicki, psychiatrist; Kraków.
    Objectives of the Polish-German Association for Mental Health

    The Association strives to strengthen the ties between Polish and German psychiatry in many areas of life and in any available form; it supports the development of community psychiatry and personalised psychiatric care; it supports the development of various therapeutic structures; supports research, especially on social and cultural determinants of thinking and working in psychiatry; it takes part in the process of integrating European psychiatry, and it acts as an intermediary in the exchange of experience, ideas and concepts in psychiatry. By its activities it intends to contribute to the process of reconciliation between the German and Polish nations, to perform a humanitarian mission, and to promote concord between nations.

      Activities of the Polish-German Association for Mental Health

    The Association organises meetings and symposia, interchangeably in Poland and Germany. It organises exchange programmes and trips for professionals active in the field of psychiatry as well as meetings and exchanges between patients and their relatives. Of special significance is the co-operation between psychiatric institutions: it facilitates personal contacts, exchange of staff, further education, execution of common projects concerning the reform of psychiatric care, and it allows for mutual help and support.

    The Association works for the social and political change in the interest of mental patients and psychiatric care, and it fulfils advisory functions in relevant research projects.

    Therefore the Association formed a special employment and lodging section, a research and education section as well as a Polish/German board of experts that works on the reform of psychiatric care in selected model districts. The Association provides information about their activities in an annual volume published in the Polish and German languages.
     
     

    YOU CAN PROVIDE ASSISTANCE !
    Everybody can help the Polish-German Association of Mental Health to carry out its plans
    by being an active member, providing financial aid and donating.
    Thank you for your support

    Direct contact addresses:

    In Germany: Deutsch-Polnische Gesellschaft für Seelische Gesundheit e.V., c/o Dr. Detlef Klotz v. Bodelschwingh’sche Anstalten, Königsweg 26, D-4800 Bielefeld 13; tel. 052-1/144-3911, fax 0521/144-3841. Bank and account number: Westdeutsche Landesbank Münster, 600 122, BLZ: 400 500 00. 
    In Poland: Polsko-Niemieckie Towarzystwo Zdrowia Psychicznego, c/o dr Andrzej Cechnicki, Katedra Psychiatrii CMUJ, ul. Kopernika 21b, PL 31-501 Kraków; tel. 00/48/12/421-04-60, fax 0048/12/421-56-95. Bank and account number: Bank PKO S.A. O/Kraków, 5.35078-7007514-270110-11. 
     
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    THE POLISH-ISRAELI     ASSOCIATION
    FOR MENTAL HEALTH.
     
    Preamble
    Considering (i) that the responsibility for the mentally ill and the disabled is one of the major tasks of any society; (ii) that the Poles and the Jews carry the burden of their common legacy of the Holocaust and its consequences; and (iii) that psychiatrists and other psychiatric care professionals unanimously express their wish to discuss and reconsider this heritage;
    the Polish-Israeli Association for Mental Health is established in the hope that it will contribute to the improvement of psychiatric care and to the achievement of the above mentioned objectives.
      Objectives of the Association
    The objective of the Association is to develop and reinforce mutual contacts between Polish and Israeli psychiatrists in the field of psychiatric care, academic collaboration and co-operation in developing care services over mental patients in both countries. Thus the activity of the Association serves humanitarian purposes and integration of the nations.

    The Association aims to reach its objectives by pursuing the following activities:

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