Photo Caroline - Maison perchée

PORTRAIT Project sponsor

Caroline Matte

Caroline Matte is 31 years old and lives in Marseille.

Photo Caroline - Maison perchée
« Ensuring that the people concerned are included at every stage of the project. »
What’s the biggest challenge when launching a mental health project?

Ensuring that the people concerned are included at every stage of the project, while still maintaining a balance which allows the project to develop and gain stability. The longer a project develops and grows, the greater the risk that it will lose the vital link with the participants, the most important priority. We constantly try to make sure that we are building a service which respects the needs of young adults who are living with mental illness. We work hard to include our community in the planning, running and development of all our activities. This can also be seen in one of our guiding principles: 60% of our operational team consists of young people affected by mental health issues.

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 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

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

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 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

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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