2006 Convention – BLANKENBERGE

IX GAMIAN-Europe Annual Educational Convention

Floreal Club Hotel
Blankenberge (Brugge) – Belgium

2- 4 November 2006

The Social and Economic Impact of Mental Illness: Exploring Solutions

Thursday     02 November 2006
Welcome to Delegates by Raluca Nica, Rodney Elgie and Paul Arteel
Presentation of the GAMIAN-Europe Award to John Bowis

Friday    03 November 2006
Welcome address by the President

Session 1:     Economic and Social Impact of Mental Illnesses

  • The Politician Perspective  John Bowis (UK)
  • Economic and Social Impacts of Exclusion Jouko Kajanoja (Finland)
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective   Bert Van den Bergh (Eli Lilly-USA)
  • Altered Social functioning in bipolar patients Its economic & social costs & the importance of an appropriate social support:  Paolo Lucio Morselli (France)

Session 2:     Economic and Social Impact of Mental Illnesses

  • Economic Aspects Pertaining To Mental Illness      David Mcdaid (UK)
  • GAMIAN-Europe Standards Audit  Albert Persaud (UK)

Session 3:    Economic And Social Impact Of Mental Illnesses

  • The Social & Economic consequences of  Mental illness in work, income & relationships: Pieter Overduin (Netherlands)

Session 4:    Good Practice of Social Inclusion

Come on and share with us your story – Members present their example of good practice of social inclusion about Family Support, Housing, Employment, Education, Community Services,

  • Bill Ashdownn    Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • Yoram Cohen    ENOSH , The Israel Mental Health Association

Session 5:    Good Practice of Social Inclusion

Come on and share with us your  story (cont)

  • Ema N. Gruber    Happy family- Croatia
  • Monika Nemanyte    Club 13 & Co – Lithuania
  • Laila Gentzel        Föreningen Balans –Sweden
  • Maria Luisa Zardini    ARAP- Italy

Saturday    04 November 2006

General Assembly

Parallel Workshops

1) Traditional medicine
2) Creativity and mental illness- The example of Van Gogh- Introduction by Marlies ter Borg (author of The Flower of Malady)
3) GAMIAN-Europe Standards Audit
4) Community Services


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