The Swedish Partnership for Mental Health, NSPH, is a network of organizations for patients, users and family carers in the mental health field. We see ourselves – patients, users and next of kin – as a resource that is both essential and indispensable for the development of health care, support and treatment in society.
Our aim is to work together so that patients, users and family carers will have a greater level of participation in the healthcare and support services and gain a greater influence on the decisions that are made at various levels in society. NSPH thus focuses on issues as user influence, more patient-centered care and systematic quality improvements within the health services. This has been a core feature of NSPH’s work since it started in 2007. Strengthening both national and regional networks, with the aim of increasing the pressure for participation in the government’s continued endeavors in the mental health field, has been a major focus the last few years.
In spring 2018 NSPH – for the first time – participated in the global meeting IIMHL, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, a leadership exchange within the psychiatric field. This recurrent meeting took place in Sweden with the overall theme “Bulilding Bridges Beyond Borders” during May 28th– June 1st . NSPH arranged a match/workshop regarding family and carers: “Building bridges between families, carers and service systems”, with participants from Sweden, Ireland, The Netherlands and Australia. Another match took place in Gothenburg: ”Peer support and peer involvement in strategy development – practical implications and different experiences worldwide!”, with participants from Scotland, Ireland, England, The Netherlands and Australia, New Zeeland and Norway.