|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’ 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
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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.
- establishment of sheltered jobs;
- acquisition of future sheltered apartments;
- organisation of recreation time and rest for mental patients;
- support for the art of mentally ill people.
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.
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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:
- to reinforce and develop co-operation between various groups of professionals so as to provide a comprehensive care system for mental patients in their community, according to the principle that one should “live, reside, work and receive treatment in the local community”
- to help create a network of social support for people suffering from mental illnesses.
Current projects of the Association:
FOR MENTAL HEALTH.Origin of the Polish-German Association for Mental HealthJeder Dialog setzt eine gemeinsame Sprache voraus, oder besser:Each dialogue implies the presence of a common language , or better:
er formt eine gemeinsame Sprache ...
it forms the common language...
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.Objectives of the Polish-German Association for Mental HealthHonorary Chairman: Prof. Dr. KlausDörner,psychiatrist; Hamburg.Chairman: Dr. Niels Pörksen, psychiatrist; Bielefeld.
Chairman: Dr. Andrzej Cechnicki, psychiatrist; Kraków.
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.
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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.
|THE POLISH-ISRAELI ASSOCIATION|
|FOR MENTAL HEALTH.|
PreambleConsidering (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;Objectives of the Association
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.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:
- the development of direct co-operation between psychiatric institutions in both states;
- the training exchange of staff between co-operating institutions;
- in co-operating institutions, the support of the initiatives aimed at the improvement of psychiatric care, both treatment and rehabilitation;
- support of direct contacts, meetings and other common activities of mentally ill people, their families and the employees of co-operating institutions;
- publishing material relevant to its statutory objectives;
- organising, at least annually, interchangeably in Poland and Israel, conferences on topics connected with the co-operation.