DIGNITY   and   WELLBEING   2014-16

European  exchanges and  inter-visions project concerning

the  PROFILES  of homeless  and  mentally ill people

;1st  Phase  2014-2016


;2nd  Phase  2016-2019


;3rd  Phase  2021-2023


 1° WS  WARSAW 1-3/X/15  2°WS ATHENS16-18/IV/16 3°COPENHAGEN26-28/X/16 REPORT 50 PROFILES

where you live well, there is your home


BACKGROUND:     "When the solution of complex situations seems impossible, how to intervene ? "

Are becoming more frequent, from professionals working on the front line, questions similar to this, in the face of increasingly serious problems of the homeless and mentally ill, who live in situations of chronic illness in the street or in institutions and emergency reception . 1st

Faced with complex situations, similar to both social and health needs and different contexts, traditions and laws, in live and survive   chronically homeless - mentally ill, which answers and proposals tailored to the needs and respectful of the person and his rights would still be possible to offer?  

What types of innovative interventions to explore?  such as dynamic synergistic raise? which projects and recommend strategies? 

Similar questions are asked ever more frequent by professionals working on the front line  with people who live in situations of chronic mental illness principally in the street but also in institutions and emergency reception centres. 

What answers and proposals is it still possible to offer?  

What types of innovative interventions to explore? 

What dynamics and synergies to raise?

These are the questions that - no coherent responses are convincing and effective - are likely to demotivate more and more operators of this difficult field.




This theme and the basic question  was at the centre of discussion during the 13th conference SMES-Europe (Rome, March 6 to 8, 2013) and given the interest aroused among participants it was decided to launch a European project of exchanges and inter-vision concerning the efficient practices of effective prevention, support, assistance and inclusion of homeless people with mental problems.

The project would essentially start with descriptions of real life situations and assessment of how effective given interventions were to proceed to point to innovative ways of doing things in order not only to raise awareness and to educate but also to present concrete proposals for incorporation into the policies in the field of prevention, assistance and inclusion.



KEY WORDS  (which will be thoroughly analysed in the course of the seminars, workshops and conferences):

  • Dignity and well-being : basic notions describing the objectives.

  • Homeless and mentally ill people : person both suffering : by serious mental problems and extreme poverty and social exclusion.

  • Chronically on the street or in institutions:   the importance of the time factor in preventing the settling in a negative situation,

  • Partnership and partners : public and private sector, associations of professionals and volunteers working in the field of poverty and mental health.

  • House - accommodation   (home - housing ...: wherever you live well, there is your home.)  

  • Responsibility and co-responsibility (possibly also other notions such as fundamental rights and basic needs: subjective - objective, social ties and their rupture; treatment and harm reduction ...)




Through the exchange of knowledge and the analysis of experiences, in relationship to these extreme precariousness situations with no appearing positive solution, we intends to highlight effective alternatives in approach, support and guidance of these suffering persons in order to facilitate – with due respect for his/her personal dignity – his/her access to "physical - mental - social well-being" . We propose in a first time to analyze the similar and common elements  of the needs and of the implicit or explicit demands and requests of these persons and subsequently to identify the answers and the innovative interventions that mostly seem to unlock these complex situations.

A great collaboration and net-working between  workers of Institutions, Organisations, Associations involved in this field is absolutely for realise efficient synergy and turn these daily practices into effective models of networking intervention.


Homeless people (living mainly on the street) with mental health problems, characterized by accumulation of deprivation that exacerbates their exclusion and that interact  - to each other - reinforce health /mental health  problems.

This persons survive in a situation of total social breakdown, refusing any form of institutionalized cure and programmed care, but who - at the same time  - seem needs of real and humanistic support of social solidarity and protection.



PROMOTOR SMES-Europa  with its international network


PARTICIPANTS Delegates Associations - Organizations - Institutions  active in the field of social exclusion and mental health, with particular focus on the people who live in situations of neglect on the street.