About the impossibility of a single (ex-)user and survivor of psychiatry position†
Article first published online: 1 MAR 2002
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 104, Issue Supplement s410, pages 102–106, December 2001
How to Cite
Hölling, I. (2001), About the impossibility of a single (ex-)user and survivor of psychiatry position. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 104: 102–106. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2001.1040s2102.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2002
- Article first published online: 1 MAR 2002
- self-help groups;
- mental health services;
Objective: To present the European Network of (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry and discuss issues of concern among (ex-)users and survivors.
Method: Material from papers and documents published by and discussed among (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry is used to outline topics of interest.
Results: The European Network of (ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) was founded in 1991 as an association of national/regional organizations of (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry. The network organizes biennial conferences, all delegates are (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry. ENUSP aims include the fight against discrimination of people with experience of the psychiatric system, support for (ex-)user/survivor organizations, influence on policy-making, legislation and human rights debates, demedicalizing psychiatry, and opposition to unidimensional approaches to mental and emotional distress.
Conclusion: (Ex-)users and survivors should be involved in monitoring psychiatric services, education and examination of mental health professionals. User/survivor-controlled services constitute an important innovative service.