Everyone has a right to the best
available mental health services within
the health & social welfare systems.
UN Resolution 46/119,1.1,
SMES-EUROPA is an European Network constituted as an International
non-profit Association. (AISBL Belgian law 1919).
The European SMES project began in 1992 in Rome as a result of the
first European seminar on the appalling neglect and abandonment homeless
people living in extremely poor health & social conditions.
The exclusion is a structural phenomenon of society and
constitutes a political challenge for all the Europe.
Loneliness, sickness, mental illness, drug abuse and/or alcoholism, may be
the cause or the results of this state of alienation and exclusion from
society, which in some cases may be irreversible and which could eventually
lead to a complete break with society.
The AIM specific and distinguishing SMES-EUROPA objet is the
reflection and action at the intersection of social exclusion (inclusion)
within mental health (illness), the interaction between exclusion & mental
The main point of interest uniting the workers of this sector is the
interface between the social & health field.
The extent of poverty and
social exclusion in Europe
is unacceptable !
European Council Lisbon 2000
The problem of the "excluded & mentally suffering people", abandoned
on the streets, living in reception centres and in precarious housing
conditions, is only the visible tip of a societal phenomenon which is more
serious and widespread than it appeared to be at first.
living in extreme social & health precariousness:
Each person in situation of vulnerability and
marginalisation, at risk of mental illness and homelessness
women and men home / health / hope / job – LESS
mentally ill people without adequate assistance;
elderly people loneliness and abandoned;
The problem, despite national differences, 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 European program..
The building of Europe must take place within a framework of an Europe
of Citizenship & Solidarity.