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Since 2019 NGO “Together for Children” runs a program to support youth graduating from institutional care in Dnipro, helping them in their transition to independent life. Today we want to share more about the methodology of individual support, which we launched at the beginning of 2020.

The project's case-managers use an adapted CARe model methodology in individual work with graduates, which helps together with the graduate to formulate and achieve their personal goals to improve their quality of life, and effectively plan the work of case-managers.

CARe (Comprehensive Approach to Rehabilitation) is a model based on the principles of recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation, developed by professionals from The CARe Network. The main idea of the model is providing support to people in order to achieve their desired quality of life. CARe is intended to enable the provision of effective support for people who are at a given moment unable to cope on their own.

At the beginning of its development, the model was aimed to support the process of recovery for people who live with mental disorders and people who had experience with use of psychoactive substances. These days the CARe model is used to work with many different categories of customers. CARe is being used in different countries in shelters for homeless people, supported housing, in support services for the elderly, support services for people who have experienced trauma, as well as in work with young people.

After 8 months of implementation of CARe model in our program we can already see the first results of the individual work with young graduates. We are very glad that we can be a part of the further development of this model and its adaptation to work with young people graduating from institutions in Ukraine.

Разом заради дітей /Together4children

@UkraineTogether4Children · Community Organization

Facebook Page handle: @UkraineTogether4Children

Success story reported by CARe Ambassador in Ukraine, Dariia Lavrentieva

An international perspective on the use of a public mental health approach to contribute to community recovery and a meaningful peace process

Date: 11-09-2020

Time: 13.00-14.00 CET

followed by an extra 30 minutes for questions

Free access webinar for our CARe Network members


The history of mental health services has tended to focus on treatment for individuals who are mentally unwell, and more recently, how these treatments can be effectively and safely provided in community settings where patients can experience as “normal” and fulfilling life as possible. But what if whole communities have been impacted by trauma and atrocity? Think about the devastating situation in Beirut, ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland or the MH-17 plane crash that had great impact in the Netherlands. How can a public mental health approach help contribute to community recovery and a meaningful peace process?

We have the honor to reflect on this question with the following speakers in this program:

13:00-13.10 Welcome & Introduction

Oda Hoilund, Peer Expert (District Old Oslo, Norway)

1310-13.15 EUCOMS - 6 principles of Community Mental Health

Rene Keet, Chair and Director (EUCOMS, FIT-academy @ GGZ-NHN, The Netherlands)

Zoe Morris (NHS Benchmarking Initiative)

13.15- 13.40 Public mental health as contribution to a meaningful peace process

Keynote Peter McBride, Director (The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA)

13.40-13.55 Interview making the connection to Dutch practice

Interviewer: Jacobine Geel, Chair (de Nederlandse GGZ)

Interviewee: Annelieke Drogendijk, Director (ARQ International and ARQ Centre of Expertise on War, Persecution and Violence @ ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, The Netherlands)

13.55-14.00h Live Music!

14.00-14.25h Q&A session with the 4 speakers

14.25-14.30h Wrap up & closing remarks

Oda Hoilund, Peer Expert (District Old Oslo, Norway)

Rene Keet, Chair and Director (EUCOMS, FIT-academy @ GGZ-NHN, The Netherlands)

Keynote Peter Mc Bride

Peter McBride has worked in community mental health services in Northern Ireland, where he as a consequence of ‘The Troubles’ has been challenged to explore the impact of violence and trauma not just on individuals, but on whole communities. His analysis makes a link between the community experience of trauma with the challenges they face in making meaningful peace and participating in a meaningful peace process. His conclusions would lead us to ensure that our mental health strategies include support for whole communities to deal with their communal mental health challenges, especially when we are observing destructive traits in communities such as increases in suicide, domestic violence, abuse, racism and anti-social behaviour - and especially if there is a history of trauma or atrocities within those communities.

Annelieke Drogendijk

Annelieke Drogendijk (PhD) is director of ARQ Center of Expertise on War, Persecution and Violence and since recently director of ARQ International, the international hub of ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre in the Netherlands. She studied clinical psychology and conducted several studies and international (EU-)projects on the psychosocial consequences of (work-related) traumatic events, war and disasters (a.o. the Fireworks Disaster in the city of Enschede, Tsunami in South East Asia). From 2012 to 2017, she was managing director of Impact Foundation, the Dutch national knowledge and advice center for psychosocial care after disasters. She was head of the ARQ crisis-team, and was a consultant and advisor for the Dutch national government and local public health organizations after MH17 plane crash disaster and the international refugee crisis of 2015. Nowadays, Annelieke is leading two multi-disciplinary teams of psychologists, historians, anthropologists and information specialists with special focus on projects on the psychosocial impact of war on individuals and society, both from the international MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) perspective and the long-lasting psychosocial impact of WW2. Furthermore, under the direction of Annelieke the Dutch Impact Magazine and the international peer-reviewed journal ‘Intervention’ is published. Annelieke is part of an international network of experts in the field of MHPSS and psychotrauma.

Oda Hoilund

Oda Høilund works as a peer expert in District Old Oslo in Oslo, Norway. She has been working as a peer expert for 5 years and has a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo. She is currently a board member of EUCOMS. Her goals are to reduce stigma and improve mental health services through strengthening the voices of service users.


The European Community Mental Health Service providers network (EUCOMS) is a community of practice, based upon a shared vision on community mental health. We share 6 principles that we regard as the foundation of community health care: human rights, public health, recovery, effectiveness, network and peer expertise. We support each other in building regional models of community mental health care.

EUCOMS connects community mental health services in Europe and beyond to learn from each other via biannual meetings, exchange and Webinars. The vision of EUCOMS was published in BMC Psychiatry in an article titled “Recovery for all in the community; position paper on principles and key elements of community-based mental health care”. The full consensus document can be downloaded from the website

About the Dutch International Mental Health Hub

We link existing international initiatives to make them accessible to everyone in the Netherlands who is working on a mentally healthy society; our (potential) members. In addition to our members, the Hub consists of eight core team members including Wieteke Beernink (Accare), Jan Berndsen (Lister, MHE), René Keet (GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord, EUCOMS), Margret Overdijk (GGz inGeest, EAOF), Beverley Rose (User Research Center), Katinka Kerssens (GGZ NHN, FIT-Academy), chairman Sabien Raams (Dimence, Country Liaison IIMHL) and network coordinator Marjonneke de Vetten (GGZ Nederland, Dimence). More information can be found on the website

Only in connection with the world around us we can successfully meet the common challenges for a mentally healthy society

*Free access webinar for The CARe Network members.


Updated: Sep 6

Dear colleagues, friends, CARe enthusiasts, We would like to ask you to join us in our effort to promote and spread The Model CARe in practice. In accordance with the current situation, we plan to develop new online basic CARe training and some other activities to keep in touch and improve our practice. We kindly ask you, if you can help us and fill in this questionnaire the information about your current situation in your practice, about your CARe training activities in your country and mainly about your willingness to participate in our aim to develop and run the training. Everybody is welcome😊

The information from the questionnaire would be used only for our needs to create the overview of the actual situation to have a good resource to plan activities which would be meaningful and useful. The results may be shared within our community of CARe Trainers if you sign your agreement for that. There will be no other use of the information you would give us unless we both agree on that with you. If you would not be willing to spread the information amongst CARe trainers, please let us know and the information would be available only for The CARe Network board members. Thank you very much and looking forward for our cooperation, Jana Pluharikova Pomajzlova CARe Head Trainer p.s. If you would like to participate in this questionnaire but did not receive the Questionnaire Form yet, please write us an email to so that we can add your new email address officially.

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