Salud Mental Espana (Mental Health Spain) in a few lines?
The SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA Confederation (Mental Health Spain) is a non-profit organisation. It was created in 1983 to address major gaps in mental healthcare in Spain. Today, it comprises 19 autonomous federations, bringing together more than 300 institutions and more than 47,000 members throughout the country.
The mission of SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA/MENTAL HEALTH SPAIN is to improve the quality of life of persons living with a mental ill health and their families, to defend their rights and to represent the associative movement.
The Confederation develops mental healthcare and integration programmes together with its member entities, takes action against the stigma associated with mental ill health and calls for adequate improvements required to defend the rights of people with mental health problems who it represents at national level.
SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA/MENTAL HEALTH SPAIN is a member of the main European and international mental health networks. At national level, the confederation is represented on the CERMI Committee in the disability area and takes part in the ONCE Foundation. At international level, SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA is a founding member of the European network EUFAMI and a member of Mental Health Europe and of the World Federation for Mental Health.
The member entities of SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA are good examples of citizen participation, where people with mental ill health and their families unite to demand better mental healthcare and to defend their rights.
The SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA associative movement has become a fundamental source for advice and support for persons living with mental ill health and for their families in Spain. It offers a safe space for citizen participation and manages home care and family intervention programmes and resources employment programmes, leisure and free time activities, etc.
SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA/MENTAL HEALTH SPAIN collaborates with public agencies to achieve appropriate care for people living with mental ill health and maintains this spirit of collaboration with all agents involved in improving mental health and quality of life for people experiencing mental distress.
People with mental ill health play an increasingly important role within the organisation; they sit on the board of directors of many entities. In recent years, ‘Persons with Mental Illness Committees’ have been formed at state level and in various entities. Almost all autonomous federations now have such a committee.