Dignity & Wellbeing
does the solution to complex
dignity & wellbeing seem IMPOSSIBLE?
of a workshop at the Rome conference, and for a
into a European examination of individual casework
Questions like the one above are being asked increasingly
frequently by front-line workers, who are confronted with
the complex and deteriorating problems of mentally-ill
people (i.e. those who have been diagnosed with a
psychiatric pathology) who live neglected on the streets.
Secondary, more specific questions focus on differences in
context, legislation, service structures, traditions, and
could form the foundation of a workshop at the Rome
conference, which explores the history, analyses the needs
and causes, evaluates reactions, and finally sets out a
range of effective responses for discussion with conference
study could be carried out to scope a feasibility for an
action research project into exceptionally complex cases.
The working hypothesis is, at this stage, that better
outcomes might be achieved for these cases if one could
establish criteria agreed as crucial by front-line workers,
regardless of either context or resources. Not only would
exchanges of ideas between front-line workers transform
day-to-day practice, especially in relation to the more
complex cases, but that transformation could only be brought
about by such exchanges.
thus foresee a workshop called something like “European
casework” which could lead into an Action research
project into civic participation.
Suggestions, amendments and ideas would be gratefully
received so that, if appropriate, a project could be drawn
up to address this. The support of those who have worked in
this field for many years will be vital, so that front-line
workers in particular have at their disposal a variety of
responses which are appropriate for the kinds of challenge
which this work throws up on a daily basis.
2013 is the "Year of Citizenship” .
Therefore SMES-Europa will propose the following way forward:
Focus Those issues which I have set out above – and
please feel free to either sharpen them, or substitute
others – will be laid out in a table which will define
the main points of:
History – in relation to the health and
dignity of those people who have multiple and
complex needs, who are entrenched, and who refuse to
Interventions – outcomes, and challenges
Effective networks – collaborative working
between practitioners, and sharing responsibility
(rather than shunting it) between authorities
Citizenship – rights, and solidarity
Analysis especially in relation to the 4 points
Comparison between different countries, in terms of
both positive and negative results
Priorities rather than solutions
way I hope that we will be able to address a wide range of
questions from participants.
The presentation of cases, and of interventions, must be
concrete and concise
when the body speaks...
hear him ?
The problem, despite national
is European and, for this reason must be
placed at the centre of an
urgent call for
awareness and deeper consideration
particularly with respect to the
development of a new political program at
a European level.