Contribution of the Polish-German Mental Health Society to changes in Polish psychiatry
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Katedra Psychiatrii CM UJ,Zakład Psychiatrii Środowiskowej
Katedra Psychiatrii CM UJ, Zakład Psychiatrii Środowiskowej
Submission date: 2013-10-14
Final revision date: 2013-11-30
Acceptance date: 2013-12-02
Publication date: 2014-04-20
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Łukasz Cichocki   

Katedra Psychiatrii CM UJ,Zakład Psychiatrii Środowiskowej, -pl Sikorskiego 2/8, -31-115 -Kraków, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2014;48(2):395-400
The aim of this presentation is to give a profile of the history and work of the Polish-German Mental Health Society (PNTZP). Founded in 1990, the PNTZP’s supreme objective is to develop and reinforce partnership between Polish and German psychiatry on a range of levels. The methods it uses to further this aim include bilateral meetings, seminars, and annual symposia. In view of its historical roots, the PNTZP is constantly mindful of the excesses perpetrated on the mentally ill during the National Socialist period, and believes it has an obligation to promote a brand of psychiatry founded on the person, respect for human dignity, and the will and individuality of every man. For this reason, ethics are essential element of discussion, including discussions with patients and their families. The society advocates the implementation of the National Programme of Mental Health Care and the development of community psychiatry in Poland. It supports the development of various structures for the treatment and assistance of people with mental illness, as well as scientific and academic reflection on the social and cultural implications of psychiatric thought and action. It is committed to facilitating the exchange of experiences between different professional groups, patients, and their families in order to promote mutual inspiration and support in the challenging task of developing psychiatry. This example of cooperation across official state borders may be held up as a benchmark for development of European psychiatry, and the joint work and discussions may offer an inspiration in therapeutic practice.
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