Dear friends, colleagues,
I am honoured to accept the role of general coordinator of CARe Network. I believe, there is a lot of potential in our organization and that we can achieve a lot together!
I am looking forward to meeting you all online and hopefully also in person during the next year. Stay well. - Pavel Říčan, General Coordinator, The CARe Network
CARe Ambassador in Czech Republic
Director of Centre for Mental Health Care Development
Pavel Říčan is a sociologist and a lecturer with almost 20 years of experience in community mental health services. Since 2014 he works as a Director of Centre for Mental Health Care
Development www.cmhcd.cz based in Prague. Pavel is involved in numerous projects and innovative activities in mental health. He likes simple, effective and recovery oriented approaches. In recent years it was especially peer specialist’s involvement in practice, theory and research what occupied his professional life. Since 2013 he is engaged as a consultant for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of social affairs helping with mental health reforms.
OECD – Tackling the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis: An Integrated, whole of society response.
The COVID-19 crisis has heightened the risk factors generally associated with poor mental health – financial insecurity, unemployment and educational engagement, access to physical exercise, daily routine, access to health services – fell dramatically. Across countries, the mental health of unemployed people and those experiencing financial insecurity was worse than that of the general population. OECD countries have responded with decisive efforts to scale-up mental health services. However, the scale of mental health distress since the start of the pandemic requires more integrated, whole-of-society approach to mental health. Read it here.
The Lithuanian Version of Recovery and Social Inclusion has been published. It is an initiative of the Lithuanian Mental Health Management Association. The book was translated by Vaida Stankutė, a psychologist who worked in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation department of Vasaros Psychiatric Centre, and also contributed by other team members led by the tireless Onutė Davidonienė. Translation and publishing were funded by Lundbeck. The book is solid 200 pages, hardcover, and was published in 500 copies.
Jan Hilbig, psychiatrist and CARe Ambassador, teaches a course based on the book to resident psychiatrists every year. Also, an article will be published soon in the journal for Lithuanian psychiatrists.