Santé   Mentale   Exclusion   Sociale

Mental    Health    Social    Exclusion

European   Network  for  people  living  in  extreme
POVERTY conditions & MENTAL HEALTH  problems





0vercome the poverty  
is not one charitable gesture,
it is one act of justice, an act of protection
of a fundamental human right,  
the right to dignity and a life decent .

(Nelson Mandela



is a non-profit International Association (aisbl) operates at the interface, intersection of mental health and social exclusion.


The European Network SMES began in 1992 in Rome as a result of the “1st European seminar on the appalling neglect and abandoned homeless people living in extremely poor health & social conditions and suffering from mental health problems”.


Despite national differences, in both the nature and severity of the problem, exclusion is a structural problem in society and constitutes a political challenge for Europe.

The building of the European Community must take place within a framework of citizenship and solidarity.


SMES-EUROPA operates in order to improve mental, physical & social well-being, and to promote inclusion, citizenship and solidarity in European Countries for people living in extreme social and health precariousness.

Ř TARGET    are men and women  “home / belonging”- less:

  • mentally ill people without adequate assistance,

  • elderly people loneliness  and  abandoned,  

  • refugees and migrants without documents


The SMES network aims to develop research and disseminate effective models of medical and social care for deprived and disadvantaged people:

1.   Research/action : 
Not enough is known yet about needs and services in the European context to adapt a prescriptive approach. Rather we seek:

  • to identify innovative services

  • to develop and evaluate new interventions

  • to translate knowledge into practical action

2.  Information and heightening of awareness :
SMES promotes awareness in society as a whole, and more specifically among social and health workers, policy makers.

3.  Networking :
SMES is an European network improving opportunities of working together and promoting multi-disciplinary co-operation between :

  • workers in the fields of health care and social welfare

  • workers in public & private sectors

  • researchers and practitioners

  • professionals and voluntary people directly working with mentally ill and excluded people

4.   Education and training :
SMES works for the promotion and dissemination of effective projects and practices by means of study days, seminars and conferences. The intention is to offer an opportunity to workers, users, ex-users and their relatives of exchanging ideas, experiences and know-how.


Conferences   and   INITIATIVES  SMES 

1.        Rome                         1992  Homelessness & Mental illness

2.        Brussels                     1993  Mental Health & Social Exclusion

3.        Paris                           1995  From exclusion to participation

4.        Madrid                      1997  Citizenship the first

5.        Copenhagen            1999  Dialogue & Exclusion

6.        Athens                       2000  Health & Dignity

7.        Lisbon                        2002  Exchanging for changing

8.        Prague                       2004  Right  -  Access  - Participation

9.        Berlin                          2005  The voice of the exclusion

10.      Rome                         2007  15 years after Dignity & Health 

11.      Athens                       2010  Invisible wounds of migrants

12.      Bucharest                  2011  Sharing and participating

13.      R o m e                      2013  Home-less & Home-first

14.      Lisbon                        2017 16-18 /03/17 : Dignity & Well-being

Researches / ACTION

  1. Preliminary survey about Homeless & mentally ill people.

  2. To leave in health and dignity : presentation and evaluation of good practices for disadvantaged people

  3. Exchanges project : mutual learning between good practices of 10 capital cities of this European countries:

    1. 1st phase :   D& H 5P/ I :   RO – BG – PL – LV - CZ

    2. 2nd phase:  D& H 5P/ II:   BE – FR – IT – ES – DK

  4. PROJECT  Dignity  &  Well-being  (2014-17) The project Dignity & Well-being started after 13th EU Conference concerning research/action about homeless with mental health problems, living in permanent way in the street:
    AIM to collect profiles and through exchanges program to evaluate complex  needs & requests of individual and society.

1st PHASE: to collect data 2014-15   concerning  some homeless in different cities that will be discussed  and evaluated in  specific workshops, preparing narratives of people living permanently in streets.

  •  4-5 July 2014 in  Brussels: meeting with Associations & NGO  involved: Brussels (BE); Berlin(DE); Copenhagen (DK); Paris & 
     Marseille (FR);  Roma (IT); Warszawa (PL); Madrid & Barcelona (SP)

  •  1-3 October 2015 – Warsaw  1° Workshop,with study’s  visits  for 
     analysis and  evaluation  of prepared profiles of homeless

  •  16-18  April 2016  -  Athens  2° Workshop  D-&-WB

  •  27-29 October 2016  -  Copenhagen 3° Workshop  D-&-WB

      2ndPHASE    XIV Conference SMES Lisbon 16-18 March  2016 –17 
Conclusive of  3 workshops, starting  D-&-WB Erasmus+   about  exchanges  of  good practices, concerning 4th pillars: social, health, housing, recovery plus, outreach &  network. 

  • 2017-19    Start of Erasmus+ Project “Dignity & Well-being”  (supportedby EU Commission), introduced by  Lisbon Psychiatrist Hospital as applicant and Associations Partners  from  BE - DK – GR – IRL - IT –  PL – SP 

  • 9/5/2019    Warsaw Seminar  for  dissemination  of Erasmus+  Manual of good practices  for homeless  &  mentally ill people

3rd PHASE  of  Project  D-&-WB   Congruence and accessibility

  • 2020-21  study visits & workshops for  exchanges & evaluation of congruence  between “Needs of people in extreme poverty  and services:  accessibility  quality  - sustainability  

  •  2022          XV  EU SMES Conference :  30 YEARS  AFTER



SMES-EUROPA a.i.s.b.l.    :    e-mail : smeseu@smes-europa.org      tél :  +32.2.5385887