International Mental Health Collaborating Network – IMHCN

Meeting the whole life needs of a person through
a community whole systems approach

The IMHCN and its partners have been at the forefront of pioneering community mental health services for the last twenty years.

  • We promote the development and sustainability of community mental health services founded on the whole person and their whole life needs. We believe services must be developed  through a Whole life – Whole Systems Community Approach.
  • The objective is to build an integrated and comprehensive system with widespread community ownership capable of meeting the identified whole life needs of individuals and local communities.
  • In most countries downsizing and closing the psychiatric institutions through a process of de-institionalisation as the main objective.
  • It is widely acknowledged that this will improve peoples quality of life and provide opportunities for recovery from mental health issues. However, closing institutions does not necessarly lead to ending institutional thinking and practice.
  • If these reforms are to be effective we should start by changing the thinking and practices within institutions by creating and applying a whole life recovery approach.
  • This work brings many challenges and opportunities for people with mental health issues, family members, mental health workers, services and communities.
  • We have designed programmes to assist people and organisations to make these changes which are being developed and have been implemented across the world.

You can read more about our work here.

We invite you to join us as members (services, individuals and communities) in promoting and developing our work in your country and internationally. For more information about membership go here.

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Latest News

Whole Person, Whole Life – Whole System, Approaches to Recovery Symposium, York, 13th April 2016 - The International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) with Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust hosted a Whole Person, Whole Life - Whole System, Approaches to Recovery Symposium. The symposium was held on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at the Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York. You can see the full symposium programme here. It was well attended by over … Continue reading
IMHCN Newsletter March 2016 - You can read the latest edition of our newsletter  here. Information in the newsletter includes; Launch of the International Psychiatric Hospital in Transition Alliance A report on the International School, Trieste, Italy "A Community without seclusion" The International School was held on the 16th to the 18th December 2015 in Trieste. Twinning Convention between Abertawe … Continue reading
IMHCN is now a registered charity - IMHCN has been granted charitable status under UK law by the Charities Commission. The benefits for our organisation and the people we work with are many. We are now recognised formally for the work we do across the world. Our objectives are as follows: “The charity’s objects are, for the public benefit, to assist in the … Continue reading
Integrated Community Care for the Needs of Vulnerable People with Severe Mental Disorders in India - The INCENSE program was conceived as a systemic response to the challenges involved in addressing the many unmet needs of highly vulnerable people with severe mental disorders (SMDs) like Schizophrenia living within mental hospitals, in their homes and without shelter on the streets. The aim of the INCENSE program was to build on exis􀀜ng systems of care and gradually develop … Continue reading
A community without seclusion: Presentations from the International School in Trieste, December 2015 - Pdf versions of over 50 presentations by speakers at the International School: A community without seclusion - the challenge of the open door, open discourse, open access in mental health care and services through practices of freedom held in Trieste, Italy in December 2015 available here. The meeting was aimed at exchanging experiences and practices through a reciprocal … Continue reading



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