Association for the Mental Health of Patras
Association for the Mental Health of Patras was founded in 2003 with the aim to improve the quality of life of mental health patients and their families by providing services for their empowerment and social rehabilitation. Its vision is the social inclusion and support of all mental health patients with equality and dignity. Some of the services it has offered through the years to mental health patients, their caregivers as well as the local community are: psychosocial support, employment placement advisory, recreation, informational and awareness events. In 2015, the Association created a Mental Health Day Center which offered, in its first two years of operation, psychosocial services to 863 beneficiaries, 57% of whom were unemployed. More than half of the beneficiaries stated that they were facing mental health issues for the first time. 35% of the recipients of the Center’s services are over the age of 50.
The grant regards the provision of psychosocial services to the Mental Health Day Center’s patients and caregivers, who are over the age of 50. More specifically, a psychologist, social worker, employment specialist, and a part time coordinator will offer their services to the Center’s patients. In addition, volunteers will teach traditional dances and the use of computers. The Association will also organize informational campaigns for the local community regarding mental health issues affecting people of older age. The direct beneficiaries are the 170 mental health patients over the age of 50 and the 40 caregivers over the age of 50 who will receive the Mental Health Day Center’s services. Approxi-mately 460 members of the community will be informed about mental health conditions affecting older people as well as related issues such as unemployment in the decade before retirement.