Queen Fabiola Fund
The Queen Fabiola Fund for Mental Health was founded on 10 October 2004 - mental health day - within the framework of the King Baudouin Foundation and it continues with the activities of the former Queen Fabiola Foundation.
The main objective of the fund is to organise activities in the field of mental health and to stimulate the exchange of ideas and good practice between the various organisations and association which are active in this area.
- to stress the importance of mental health in our society
- to obtain the involvement of the users and their families in the content and organisation of mental healthcare
- to support the work of healthcare providers who are active in the various forms of mental healthcare
- to encourage the sectors and actors concerned to participate actively in the optimisation of mental health
- to support the reflection on the various issues of mental health
Work and Mental Health : a priority
Inspired by the work entitled Au plus près des gens (Getting close to people, published by the King Baudouin Foundation in 2005), starting in 2007, the Fund's work will be based on a two-year cycle focussing on one of the topics raised by the book.
First three-year cycle (2007-2009)
The theme of the first three-year cycle was Work and Mental Health. Both the issue of loss of employment and the rehabilitation through work of people with mental problems were dealt with.
The Queen Fabiola Fund therefore launched a consultation process on this theme with people actively involved in the field. Two round tables held in 2007, one on 5 June, the other on 20 September, will explore the issue, serve as forums for exchanging experiences and spotlight a few 'good practices'.
The results of the round tables will be applied by launching a call for projects designed to support innovative initiatives in this domain. They will be presented at the Museum Dr Guislain in Ghent on 9 November 2007 to celebrate 'Queen Fabiola: 40 years spent focussing on mental health'.
The aim of the call for projects "Encountering the 'other' at work. Highlighting the importance of experience-based expertise in the process for the occupational (re) integration of people with mental problems or a mental disability.
Ten projects were selected in 2008. They were assessed in 2009.
Second cycle (2010-2013)
The second cycle allowed the Queen Fabiola Fund to continue its campaign on the theme of Work and Mental Health.
In order to further increase the effectiveness of its campaign, the Queen Fabiola Fund joined forces in 2011 with the Julie Renson Fund and the King Baudouin Foundation.
By pooling their ressources, these three partners have set themselves a fourfold mission :
- To recognize and turn the spotlight on mental vulnerability
- To encourage an approach that fosters the autonomy of the patient and his network
- To defend the rights of spychiatric patients
- To call upon the contribution of real-life experience
The Queen Fabiola Fund, the Julie Renson Fund and the King Baudouin Foundation followed several courses of action :
- Projects were supported, grants and incentive awards were distributed in Belgium to improve the process of occupational rehabilitation of individuals with mental problems
- Research was carried out on the pitfalls of inactivity
- Focus groups and interviews (collecting real-life testimonies of users) were organized to strengthen the voice of users in order to help bridge the gap between the world of work and that of mental health
- Recommendations were formulated from the perspective of users in order to improve collaboration between the systems of health care and employment
The funds and the King Baudouin Foundation also planned two research projects for 2013-2014 on the subject of support practices and the services of support used by people with psychological problems and their families with a view to improving their quality of life
The results of the research, conducted by the universities UMons and KUL-LUCAS, were published in 2015 by Éditions Lannoo Campus in two works: ‘Le rétablissement en pratique(s) – Accompagner autrement les personnes en difficultés psychiques’ (Recovery in practice – A different way of supporting people with psychological problems) and ‘Le rétablissement par soi-même – Vivre plein d’espoir avec une vulnérabilité psychique’ (Self-recovery – Living full of hope with a psychological vulnerability).
Now, the Queen Fabiola Fund, still in association with the Julie Renson Fund and the King Baudouin Foundation, has just launched a new five-year long programme (2015-2019).
Three working objectives have been defined by the partners:
- to strengthen organizations working in the field of mental health recovery;
- to conduct research about social representations in relation to mental health in order to strengthen initiatives aimed at nuancing perceptions of psychological conditions in society;
- to support initiatives that help young people to make the difficult transition between adolescence and adulthood.