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LaRge-scalE implemention of COmmunity-based mental health care for people with seVere and Enduring mental ill health in EuRopE

On 1 January 2018 the European Union funded project RECOVER-E started with the official Kick Off event in Luxembourg where both project partners, EU and the project coordinator, the Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands Institute for Mental Health and Addiction, met to discuss the project outline and activities for the forthcoming months.

After the official start in January 2018 in Luxembourg, EFPA was a proud partner in the consortium to support in the dissemination of results and as part of the Advisory Board.

EFPA is involved in WP7 and together with e.g. EPA (European Psychiatric Association) in charge of dissemination of the results.

The project ran from January 2018 till December 2021.



The overall goal of the RECOVER-E project is to contribute to the implementation of and research on an evidence-based community-based service delivery model for recovery-oriented care in five sites in middle-income countries (Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania) to improve functioning, quality of life, and mental health outcomes for people with severe and enduring mental ill health (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and/or severe depression).

The specific sub-goals of the RECOVER-E project are:

  • designing, implementing, and evaluating recovery-oriented care for people with severe mental illness in community settings;
  • recognizing the value of experiential knowledge through including peer experts as members of community mental health teams;
  • identifying intervention and program elements, as well as contextual factors, which enhance sustainable implementation of community-based mental healthcare for people with severe mental illness; and
  • developing scale-up plans for regional and national decision-makers, as informed by the intervention’s implementation and impact, for sustained implementation and scale up after the research study’s funded timeline.

Publications of the project

Update: Sep 28, 2021

October 2021 RECOVER-E webinar 'Peer workers perspective and Human Rights' View here
September 2021 Paper on perceived support for recovery and level of functioning among people with severe mental illness  View here
June 2020

Protocol paper describing the health-economic evaluation component of RECOVER-E 

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April 2020 Protocol paper describing aims and study design of RECOVER-E View here