As an organisation constituted and managed by people with own experience, we are convinced that a change of model in mental health and addiction care involves the involvement of the collective in the protection and promotion of their citizenship rights. People can take a more active role in their recovery process if they have access to and knowledge of the tools that make it easier for them to exercise their rights.
Advanced decisions planning
In recent years, public health services are incorporating elements aimed at focusing attention on people’s will. We can already access the restro via the specific virtual space for forward-will documents (DVA).
We are, however, in the process of implementing the Catalan model for the planning of early wills (PDA) adapted to the area of mental health.
In order for this implementation to be more agile and effective, we offer briefings and advice to entities and their members.
- Comitè de Bioètica de Catalunya. Informe PDA.
- PDA. Dixit.
- SOM360. Monogràfic Drets humans i Salut Mental.
“Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help and is based on the fundamental principles of respect, responsibility and mutual agreement on what is useful” ( Mead, 2003).
In collaboration with the Federació Veus we participate in the working group that promotes the implementation of the “Peer Support” program in Catalonia, and coordinates for this with the Advisory Council of the Master Plan of Mental Health and Addictions.
We carry out a pilot project for the participatory design of the training of mutual support agent, and we collaborate in the training activities currently offered by the EMILIA association.
In Catalonia, the first agents of mutual support have already been incorporated into the mental health care teams of different services. And we continue working for the consolidation of this professional figure that fulfills a double function: to contribute to the labor reintegration of people with psychosocial disabilities, and to enable the participation and empowerment of the collective.