EUCOMS Network meetings

Upcoming Network Meetings

Community care – how do we make it happen? Transitioning to a patient-centred, high-quality, participative and sustainable mental health system requires not just effective implementation of isolated interventions and good practices. It necessitates defining a comprehensive model of care which is based on the best available evidence, it links to strategic plans while also having localised flexibility, is patient-centric, innovative and collaborative, supports integrated care, and at the same time is sustainable financially and supports efficient utilisation of resources.

On Wednesday the 28th of September, Ionela Petrea will host a webinar on models of care in community mental health. This seminar will focus on successful examples of implementing community-based models of care, looking into how they are designed and delivered in a number of countries. Drawing on their achievements and challenges they encountered, we will seek to learn from their experiences and get inspired by their impetus for change.

The link for registration will be here on the 1st of September.

The CARe Network is organising a working conference focusing on RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY, a programme for psychological and social recovery in Split, Croatia.

The CARe Network is welcoming you to a conference that brings together experiences and knowledge about recovery, open dialogue, experiential knowledge, trauma-informed care, and community building.

The conference will also be a meeting of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, to share stories of sorrow, hope and resilience, and to develop together a programme to support rebuilding lives and communities. We especially focus on the support we can offer for restoring mental health services, and for psychological and social recovery.

To learn more about the event and the registration link, please follow this link.

On 30th November, the topic will be the role of primary care in community mental health. We asked the European Forum of Primary Care to organize that with us.

Past network meetings

After the 9th EUCOMS network meeting in Krakow in May 2022 during the Community Psychiatry Forum of Beneficiaries, Families and Professionals, the experts from Poland had the chance to talk about the reform on Mental Health in Poland in more detail having invited our friend from IIMHL, Sean Russell to give his reflection on the topic.

Click here to check the recording, the presentations and the answers to the questions in the webinar

The 9th EUCOMS network meeting took place in Krakow in May 2022 during the Community Psychiatry Forum of Beneficiaries, Families and Professionals.

Click here for the Meeting Report

A webinar organized by the Dutch International Mental Health Hub

What are the benefits of using a child rights-based approach? And how are these rights currently implemented in youth mental health care across the world?

In this webinar, we will focus on two rights in particular: the right to grow up (mentally) healthy and the right to be heard, and thus to be actively involved in policymaking.

Registration link:

Learn about the interaction between emergency aid and mental health services in three countries surrounding Ukraine: Moldova, Romania and Poland:

With contributions of Lidiia Kasianchuk Victoria Condrat Peter McBride Tiberiu Rotaru Artur Kochanski and Wendy Weijts and the music of Andriy Khlyvnyuk and Pink Floyd

Link to Powerpoint presentations of our speakers here

The main goal of the webinar is to share developments and findings from 4 different countries: the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Estonia. Questions we will address:

• What is the value of the (Peer) Open Dialogue approach?

• What is the role of peer workers and other professions in Open Dialogue?

• How the Open Dialogue Approach may change current mental health care practises?

• How may Open Dialogue be combined with other models or approaches?

• How to implement Open Dialogue in mental health care systems, in organisations, in teams?

The webinar will be hosted by Jean Pierre Wilken, the president of The CARe Network, a university professor involved in mental health care reforms and one of the authors of the Model CARe. He will introduce shortly the Open Dialogue approach, its core aspects in current developments and its connectedness to other models of care.

More info HERE

Our friends from Netherlands and Japan had great presentations on the main topics of the webinar: Resource Group and Seikatsu Rinsho.
Click here for the whole article + presentations + Youtube link to the webinar

On 26th January 2022, Trude Lønning, Elisabeth Høyland, Aud Bø and other experts presented the prevention strategy of the city of Sandnes in Norway.

Video here.

On 15th December, Andreas Lamerz and his team from the community mental health service GGZ Noord-Holland-Nord, The Netherlands, presented their digital strategy, including a digital team and online recovery college.

Click Here to watch the recording.

On the 8th of September, Marianne Destoop and her team from Antwerp Belgium presented their practice for persons who are hard to engage.

Click Here to watch the recording.

On the 28th of April, Tor Helge Tjelta and Vesna Svab presented how the FACT model, which was developed in The Netherlands, was adapted in Norway and Slovenia.

Click Here to watch it now.

The 10th EUCOMS network meeting took place on the 27th of January and was on the topic of Peer support work.

Oda Hoilund, led the Webinar in collaboration with the Global Mental Health Peer support Network (GMHPN) in which 5 peer experts from around the globe presented how peer support became a fundament of community mental health.

More details of the meeting with the recording attached here.

This online EUCOMS network meeting was the first large webinar EUCOMS held. The topic for the meeting was how COVID-19 had affected mental health services across the globe.

The EUCOMS kick-off meeting took place on the 6th of April 2016 in Heiloo, Netherlands (hosted by GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord). Every year since then EUCOMS network meetings have been hosted by organizations from different European countries. So far the meetings have taken place in Belfast, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Màlaga, Lille and Pilzen.