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Pfalzklinikum – service provider for mental health and resilience

Pfalzklinikum discuss their involvement in providing community based services for mental health, including general psychiatry and neurology services

Pfalzklinikum is a service provider for mental health in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Southwest Germany with over 2,000 employees in 14 locations. Its work encompasses approximately 1.4 million people in the Palatinate, focusing on community-based, child and adolescent, general psychiatry and neurology services.

As mental health is its daily mission, Pfalzklinikum focuses on more than helping people becoming mentally healthy again. Rather, maintaining and fostering mental health is the overall objective of the organisation and its declared duty – not only for its patients and clients, but also for its employees and the people living in the Palatinate.

By founding the initiative “The Palatinate makes itself/you strong – ways to resilience” together with different project partners, Pfalzklinikum pursuits the idea of salutogenesis in mental health. The key is named resilience – the ability to advance by personal crises instead of breaking from them, to be able to cope well with changes and the ups and downs of life.

The interdisciplinary group of project partners consists of sociologists, anthropologists, economists, pedagogues, psychiatrists, psychologists and communication scientists. Together they focus on a systemic approach: looking at different social levels such as the individual, families, enterprises and communities. In order to change the people’s attitude towards mental health – a mostly pathogenetic one – into a salutognetic one, the initiative follows a new approach of social communication, based on the outcomes of their own scientific research.



Symposium on Forensic Commitment and Civil Society – A New View on Communication and Trialogue

Whether 5 Percent of the patients of forensic commitment have a relapse or whether 95 percent manage to not commit crimes again after being released, is a question of perspective and language. The language we choose and the way we communicate about forensic commitment play an important role for the perception in society and the degree of stigmatisation that forensic patients experience. At Pfalzklinikum’s Symposium on Forensic Commitment and Civil Society, about 150 participants from the realms of justice, forensic psychiatric hospitals, social work and civil society as well as employees of Pfalzklinikum’s forensic clinic discussed how fair communication and reintegration of ex-patients of forensic commitment in the society can succeed.

Inclusion Oriented Living in Bellheim

Many people with mental impairments need special support in their daily lives – whether it is grocery shopping, going to work or planning their free time. The participation centre in Bellheim can give this support. As one of Pfalzklinikum’s community-based services in the Palatinate region (Southwest Germany), the facility follows the approach of inclusion oriented living. Its goal is to enable people to live autonomously, self-determined and socially integrated. Together with the caregivers the residents decide individually how much support they need. The residents do not live in the participation centre itself but in individual apartments in town. The participation is a point to meet up and plan daily activities – with other residents, caregivers or therapists.

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