This website is part of the MentALLY project, a pilot project* which has received funding from the European Parliament.
The project aims to study

1) Health professionals' perspectives on accesible and effective mental health care

2) Ex-patients' experiences with accesible and effective mental health care

3) The public mental health debate

in six European countries (Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus).

The project also aims to implement the results of these empirical studies into the local context.
Focus group study with professionals 

Our aim is to study professionals’ accounts related to the skill level that is required for a general practitioner, psychologist and psychiatrist working in primary and specialized care to obtain good accessibility, referral, collaboration and treatment in their daily practice.

We will organize six focus groups (1 per country) with professionals  working in primary and specialized health care. Framework analysis will be used to analyze the data.
Focus group study with ex-patients

Our is aim to study ex-patients' accounts of barriers and facilitators, helpful and unhelpful processes, and vulnerabilities and strengths in gaining access to effective mental health care. We want to investigate how these accounts are similar or differ between clients with positive, mixed or negative experiences.

We will organize six focus groups (1 per country) with ex-patients in mental health care. Framework analysis will be used to analyze the data.
Study of the public mental health debate

Our aim is to study what the general public thinks, believes, and knows about mental health related stigma and discrimination; and about what works for mental health problems. We want to investigate how this knowledge facilitates or hinders help-seeking for mental health problems.

We will setup a corpora database with "real world" text from policy documents, websites, newspapers, movies, documentaries … related to mental health (care). A rhetoric analysis will be used to analyze the material.
Evidence-based improvement of mental health care 

Our aim is to provide an evidence-based improvement of available practices and tools that leverage change. We want to implement the best practices and tools for professionals (e.g., decision trees, assessment instruments, referral protocols, and train-thetrainer guides), and for clients and the general public (i.e., innovative ways of knowledge exchange and awareness raising) in order to improve mental health literacy. We will setup two implementation initiatives in each country.

We will setup an inventory of competence-based training modules and supervised practices related to access, referral, collaboration, and intervention. This inventory will encompass Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of these modules and practices in order to improve them and steer further implementation.

We will also setup an inventory of practices of knowledge exchanges to inform and actively involve clients, their support networks and the general public on the organization of European mental healthcare, its aims and methods, barriers and facilitators.

We will organize two user groups meetings with stakeholders to discuss the findings of the project and rollout two implementation initatives.
This website is part of the MentALLY project, a pilot project* which has received funding from the European Parliament.
* Pilot Projects is an initiative „of an experimental nature designed to test the feasibility of an action and its usefulness“ and permits appropriations for it to be entered in the EU budget for more than two consecutive financial years.

The content of this website represents the views of the MentALLY partners only and is their sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.