Since its launch in 2019, the Erie Foundation has developed an ambitious and systemic approach, designed in collaboration with a network of renowned international experts.

The foundation helps and supports ’on the ground’ initiatives designed to improve the mental health system so that everyone, including the most fragile in society, has access to help and care.

Our four major challenges

We have chosen partners who can provide solutions to address the four most pressing issues identified in the field of mental health today:

Facilitating early access to care

It is scientifically proven that receiving care at the onset of the first symptoms can improve prognoses and lead to a fourfold increase in a person’s chances for rehabilitation and social and professional reintegration.

Change in therapeutic practices

Suggesting new therapeutic approaches and facilitating care for everyone are real needs for patients and those close to them.

Improving reintegration into mainstream society for people with mental illness

Ensuring people who live with mental illness play a central role when it comes to their own recovery, so they can find their place in society and live a fulfilling life.

Changing the image of mental illness

Stigmatisation and prejudices are real barriers to people accessing and receiving care.

Support,
unify,
energize.

The work of the Erie Foundation is rooted in the principles of strategic philanthropy. It offers various types of support to its partner organizations.

Financial support, generally spread over several years, allowing projects to stabilize and thus develop and maximise their impact.

Non-financial support, aimed at making sure our partners have access to the foundation’s skills and networks to increase their impact through strategic support, synergies with others, sharing information…

The foundation reaches out directly to stakeholders who share a similar vision and in consultation with experts, selects projects based on:

  • the quality of those leading the project;
  • the essential and innovative nature of the proposed solution;
  • the potential systemic impact of the project;
  • the project’s potential to develop or expand;
  • complementarity with other projects that are receiving support;
  • capacity to exchange and collaborate with other stakeholders.

Since 2019, the foundation has helped and supported over a hundred projects.

Portrait Expert

Charles-Edouard Notredame

Portrait Expert

Charles-Edouard Notredame

Psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department at the UHC University Hospital of Lille.

« Access to care is one of the cornerstones of mental health. »
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Portrait Expert

Denis Legay

Portrait Expert

Denis Legay

Psychiatrist

« Despite the undeniable recent progress, mental health remains a hard concept for the general public to understand. There is a great need for information, a need for a bottom-up approach and a need to monitor and counteract negative images. »
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Portrait Project sponsor

Sandrine Broutin

Portrait Project sponsor

Sandrine Broutin

Executive director of Oeuvre Falret

« It’s about having intellectual rigour and refusing to make plans without involving the people concerned. »
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Portrait Project sponsor

Pierre Maly

Portrait Project sponsor

Pierre Maly

Manager and a volunteer at Le Jardin Pêcheur, a restaurant in Bordeaux providing employment to disabled people

« [...] Dealing with every employee on a case-by-case basis and having an honest discussion about what’s possible and what their limits are. »
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Portrait Project sponsor

Caroline Matte

Portrait Project sponsor

Caroline Matte

Co-founder and Director of La Maison Perchée.

« Ensuring that the people concerned are included at every stage of the project. »
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Portrait Beneficiary

Vincent Gross

Portrait Beneficiary

Vincent Gross

Employee at the ‘Manège réenchanté au Jardin Pêcheur’ and member of the Clubhouse in Bordeaux, VIncent Gross is a HEC business school graduate with an MBA.

« [...] We urgently need to create more spaces which aim to foster social reintegration and help people come out of isolation [...] and prepare each individual to find employment, according to their wishes and capabilities. »
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Portrait Expert

Dr. Jean-Victor Blanc

Portrait Expert

Dr. Jean-Victor Blanc

A psychiatrist and addictologist at Saint-Antoine Hospital (AP-HP, Paris), Jean-Victor Blanc is also a lecturer at Sorbonne University and founder of ‘Culture Pop et Psy’.

« [...] the priority here should be working to finally shift how we regard mental health. [...] By moving away from these stereotypes, we can revisit certain clichés, which will allow us to look after ourselves better and also promote inclusion. »
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