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Date(s) - 11/09/2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm




An international perspective on the use of a public mental health approach to contribute to community recovery and a meaningful peace process

Date: 11-09-2020
Time: 13.00-14.00 CET followed by an extra 30 minutes for questions

The history of mental health services has tended to focus on treatment for individuals who are mentally unwell, and more recently, how these treatments can be effectively and safely provided in community settings where patients can experience as “normal” and fulfilling life as possible. But what if whole communities have been impacted by trauma and atrocity? Think about the devastating situation in Beirut, ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland or the MH-17 plane crash that had great impact in the Netherlands. How can a public mental health approach help contribute to community recovery and a meaningful peace process?


We have the honor to reflect on this question with the following speakers in this program:

13:00-13.10 Welcome & Introduction
Oda Hoilund, Peer Expert (District Old Oslo, Norway)

1310-13.15 EUCOMS – 6 principles of Community Mental Health
Rene Keet, Chair and Director (EUCOMS, FIT-academy @ GGZ-NHN, The Netherlands)
Zoe Morris (NHS Benchmarking Initiative)

13.15- 13.40 Public mental health as contribution to a meaningful peace process

Keynote Peter McBride, Director (The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA)

13.40-13.55 Interview making the connection to Dutch practice
Interviewer: Jacobine Geel, Chair (de Nederlandse GGZ)
Interviewee: Annelieke Drogendijk, Director (ARQ International and ARQ Centre of Expertise on War, Persecution and Violence @ ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, The Netherlands)

13.55-14.00h Live Music!

14.00-14.25h Q&A session with the 4 speakers

14.25-14.30h Wrap up & closing remarks
Oda Hoilund, Peer Expert (District Old Oslo, Norway)
Rene Keet, Chair and Director (EUCOMS, FIT-academy @ GGZ-NHN, The Netherlands)

Keynote Peter Mc Bride
Prof Peter McBride has worked in community mental health services in Northern Ireland, where he as a consequence of ‘The Troubles’ has been challenged to explore the impact of violence and trauma not just on individuals, but on whole communities. His analysis makes a link between the community experience of trauma with the challenges they face in making meaningful peace and participating in a meaningful peace process. His conclusions would lead us to ensure that our mental health strategies include support for whole communities to deal with their communal mental health challenges, especially when we are observing destructive traits in communities such as increases in suicide, domestic violence, abuse, racism and anti-social behaviour – and especially if there is a history of trauma or atrocities within those communities.

Annelieke Drogendijk
Annelieke Drogendijk (PhD) is director of ARQ Center of Expertise on War, Persecution and Violence and since recently director of ARQ International, the international hub of ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre in the Netherlands. She studied clinical psychology and conducted several studies and international (EU-)projects on the psychosocial consequences of (work-related) traumatic events, war and disasters (a.o. the Fireworks Disaster in the city of Enschede, Tsunami in South East Asia). From 2012 to 2017, she was managing director of Impact Foundation, the Dutch national knowledge and advice center for psychosocial care after disasters. She was head of the ARQ crisis-team, and was a consultant and advisor for the Dutch national government and local public health organizations after MH17 plane crash disaster and the international refugee crisis of 2015. Nowadays, Annelieke is leading two multi-disciplinary teams of psychologists, historians, anthropologists and information specialists with special focus on projects on the psychosocial impact of war on individuals and society, both from the international MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) perspective and the long-lasting psychosocial impact of WW2. Furthermore, under the direction of Annelieke the Dutch Impact Magazine and the international peer-reviewed journal ‘Intervention’ is published. Annelieke is part of an international network of experts in the field of MHPSS and psychotrauma.

The European Community Mental Health Service providers network (EUCOMS) is a community of practice, based upon a shared vision on community mental health. We share 6 principles that we regard as the foundation of community health care: human rights, public health, recovery, effectiveness, network and peer expertise. We support each other in building regional models of community mental health care.
EUCOMS connects community mental health services in Europe and beyond to learn from each other via biannual meetings, exchange and Webinars. The vision of EUCOMS was published in BMC Psychiatry in an article titled “Recovery for all in the community; position paper on principles and key elements of community-based mental health care”. The full consensus document can be downloaded from the website www.EUCOMS.net.

About the Dutch International Mental Health Hub
We link existing international initiatives to make them accessible to everyone in the Netherlands who is working on a mentally healthy society; our (potential) members. In addition to our members, the Hub consists of eight core team members including Wieteke Beernink (Accare), Jan Berndsen (Lister, MHE), René Keet (GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord, EUCOMS), Margret Overdijk (GGz inGeest, EAOF), Beverley Rose (User Research Center), Katinka Kerssens (GGZ NHN, FIT-Academy), chairman Sabien Raams (Dimence, Country Liaison IIMHL) and network coordinator Marjonneke de Vetten (GGZ Nederland, Dimence). More information can be found on the website https://www.denederlandseggz.nl/waardenetwerken/internationaal-verbinden.

Only in connection with the world around us we can successfully meet the common challenges for a mentally healthy society

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