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In memory of Wout Hardeman 

Wout Hardeman, one of MHE’s founding members, passed away on the 3rd of July 2017. Wout Hardeman was a Dutch psychiatrist who worked in several mental health settings amongst which the Rumke Group, a fusion of different mental health hospitals in Utrecht.  He also was Inspector General of the Dutch mental health services.

Wout joined the European Regional Council of the World Federation of Mental Health (later Mental Health Europe) in 1983, at the start of the preparatory meetings to establish Mental Health Europe.

He convinced the Dutch Mental Health Foundation to grant a starting subsidy to found a European mental health association. His example was followed by the Irish Mental Health Association (Mary O’Mahony) and SIND in Denmark (Knud Jensen): their governments also agreed to support the establishment of a European mental health association.  This allowed Mental Health Europe to continue its work and to survive.

Wout Hardeman was strongly committed to the inclusion of mental health service users at all levels, also in the decision-making.  In 1986 he made room on the MHE Board for Ed van Hoorn, a representative of the Dutch users movement.

Wout ended his career in Ermelo, the place where he lived and died.

He will be remembered by all who have known him as a very good psychatrist, a great personality, a warm and generous man dedicated and committed to mental health.

 

Josée Van Remoortel

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