This compendium generally focuses on practices in formal mental health services in the COE Member States (for example, psychiatric wards or mobile mental health teams). However, there may be positive voluntary practices that occur outside of formal mental health services (for example, a peer-run respite centre, which may or may not receive funding from government health agencies). Further, there may be examples that combine both initiatives in formal healthcare services with broader social, economic and political change. For example, ‘citizen psychiatry’ practices in the French city of Lille seek to integrate community associations and local businesses into efforts to address social exclusion and isolation of people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disability. The compendium will aim to provide a range of examples from formal, informal, healthcare and non-healthcare contexts.

Practices Practices

‘Citizen Psychiatry’ – East Lille Public Psychiatry Sector – France

The Eastern Lille Public Psychiatric sector has been transformed over the past three decades with a primary aim of avoiding resorting to traditional hospitalisation (Submission 19A). The change was co-ordinated at EPSM Lille métropole, a mental health centre in the towns of Faches Thumesnil, Ronchin, Lesquin, Hellemmes, Mons en Baroeul, and Lezennes.