Welcome to this online information source for people with severe mental illness and their families and friends.
This website is hosted by EUFAMI (European Federation of Associations of Families of People with mental illness) and is intended to provide information to people who are affected by mental illness and their familis and friends.
Here you will find information about EUFAMI, its many member associations throughout Europe as well as information on other sources of information which should help in providing answers to questions related to mental health and ill health. Our Members' Helpdesk provides information about the work and projects of EUFAMI and its members in Europe.
EUFAMI President’s New Year message
At this turn of the year it is again a great pleasure for me to send this message of goodwill on behalf of EUFAMI to our member associations and supporters and all readers of our monthly @Bulletin.
The year just ended saw the completion of two major initiatives which remain current ; these were the Caring for Carers Survey of the experiences of carers of people with severe mental illness and the organisation of our sixth four yearly Congress held in Sofia. Both came successfully to fruition and, of longer term importance, have provided new platforms which we shall be using to strengthen and direct our support and advocacy on behalf of all those whose interests we represent.
The Carers survey report contains a mine of information and evidence confirming the central role played by family caregivers. It concludes that they should be recognised and respected as a full partner with the professionals in the whole process of treatment and care.
The Sofia Congress marked a significant step forward towards realising our longstanding objective to extend our presence and active support for all those in central and eastern European countries who are in such need of it. Already the Congress has encouraged those who took part to begin the task of organising carer groups of their own.
Last year also saw one historic change at EUFAMI with the departure of Kevin Jones as our Secretary-General. Kevin had served EUFAMI for ten years in that leading role and it is not too much to say that his name became synonymous with EUFAMI, known and highly regarded throughout the whole network of our relationships. We are grateful to him and offer him every good wish for his future.
In Kevin’s place we are delighted to welcome Aagje Ieven who comes to us from EUROCHILD, the network of bodies that promotes the rights and well being of children and young people. Her experience there has included the co-ordination of advocacy and campaigns to strengthen families and her earlier background has included work in the fields of health and human rights. An early priority for Aagje will be to make herself known to our member associations and other stakeholders who can expect to hear from her soon.
As we look ahead to the coming year and beyond we shall also want to pursue our other strategic objectives, involving and supporting all our associations effectively and exerting our influence strongly wherever we can make an impact. That will mean sustaining our working relations with the relevant European policy making institutions and the professional organisations of all sorts.
On behalf of my colleagues I should like to reaffirm EUFAMI’s commitment as the voice of family caregivers of those who suffer from a severe mental illness and our wish to work with all others who are dedicated to the same cause of making lives better.
My best wishes for the coming year to all readers of this @Bulletin.
Bert Johnson President EUFAMI
Final Results of Major Family Survey now Available
EUFAMI is delighted to announce the results of its 22 country major survey on Family Carers. The survey is a result of a collaboration between EUFAMI and LUCAS, the interdisciplinary Centre for Care Research and Consultancy of KU Leuven, and is based on responses from over 1,100 family carers. The full results and report, including 13 reports for 13 of the participating countries can be found atwww.caringformentalhealth.org.