4. Congress of the European
Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
"Into the Next Millenium Moving Forward to Our Own Future"
19 21, 1999
Report of the Final Meeting
(There have been
different computer-catastrophes (lost files, crashed hard-disk, stolen
computer etc., so it took an extremely long time to write even a draft.
The draft will be ready until end of September 2002. In the future all
files from congresses, membership-meetings etc. have to be saved by at
least two people.)
A) Going on with
the 12-Point-Programme, accepted in Reading (England) 1997
- Strengthen communication
between members and between the board and members.
- Produce, publish
and distribute more and improved written documentation about aims, structure
and work, and to promote better public relations.
- Make use of new
technology, eMail, internet and to create a WWW homepage at the European
- Build links with
and help to develop and consolidate the user/survivor movement in countries
with no or a few organised groups.
- Seek funding to
finance net-workers with language skills to travel in certain countries
like Spain, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Ukraine & Russia, aiming to build
links and support user/survivors to get together.
- Help to raise
finances and support national/regional parts of the network to take
part in the activities and to run their events, e.g. seminars, conferences,
- Collate knowledge
about law and practice concerning compulsion in psychiatry.
- Plan and run mutual
actions against compulsion, for the right to get the help needed.
- Collect and distribute
information about certain themes like ECT, Psychiatric Will, alternatives
- Strengthen knowledge
and relationships with European authorities like EU, European Court,
Council of Europe and UN bodies like WHO, ILO etc.
- Build new structures
of mutual co-operation between the network and European NGOs allies.
- Fight to directly
represent (ex-)users/survivors in the international arena.
B) Further on it
was decided to accept the results of Working Group 1 ("Modern psychiatric
- That ENUSP takes
no direct money from the drug companies.
- That ENUSP should
demand that the drug companies are forced by law to pay reparations.
These reparations should be held in a fund administered by (ex)users
and survivors of psychiatry to research, develop, publicise and run
alternatives to psychiatry.
- That ENUSP should
start a campaign to make public that psychiatric drugs often cause serious
damages. We call on all European member organisations to support this
- The ENUSP should
seek supporters in the international political arena to make psychiatric
will declarations in advance safe that (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry
can be sure to receive the treatment they want and are protected from
treatment they do not want.
C) Further on it
was decided about structural issues:
- Regional board-members
should be invited by their regional member-organisation.
in the single countries should be identified
- Promotion of the
participation of ENUSP-representatives in different political and administration
- Promote international
communication via internet
D) Plans and wishes
for the future:
should be supported by a desk
- Regional member-organisations
should find support for funding this desk.
- Help to show human
- Get money for
- Integrate ENUSP
in projects of the European Union and the European Commission
- Prepare the next
conference in Ljubljana
- Get subventions
- Promote translation
at the next conference (probably Russian, perhaps French)
- Better control
of participants at the next conference.
- Spread more information
to (ex-)users and survivors about the fact that ENUSP exists.