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

Action Learning Sets in Serbia - The 2016 Action Learning Set Programme in Serbia was a collaboration between The International Aid Network (IAN), Serbia and The International Mental Health Collaborating Network. You can read more about it here.
Hertfordshire opens its’ Wellbeing College - New Leaf opened its’ doors to the people of Hertfordshire in November – a Wellbeing College built, in part, on the Recovery College Model delivering learning within an adult educational framework across both physical and mental health needs. New Leaf has adopted a universal approach to this model of service delivery, offering its’ services to … Continue reading
Trieste Recovery House and Learning Community, 18 months later - This is the latest report on the progress of the Recovery House in Trieste. This article consider the challenges, the learnings and the achievements so far. See the article here
The Milford Haven Meeting: “Its not like any other group we are just individuals that meet to give support and encouragement to one another”. - Hywel Davies and John Stacey, IMHCN members support a group for people who hear voices in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. In this article they describe how the group operates, the successful outscomes and the implications for mental health services. As a group of friends we set up a hearing voices group initially facilitated by John … Continue reading
2nd York Whole Person, Whole Life, Whole System, Mental Health Symposium in York, England - Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust/International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) Whole Person, Whole Life - Whole System Mental Health Symposium - A Time for Change Since the first symposium was held in April 2016 there has been considerable progress towards developing a shared vision for Mental Health in York & the region. This … Continue reading

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