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Denis Legay

A psychiatrist, who was chair of the Regional Conference on Health and Autonomy in the Pays de la Loire Region from 2010 to 2021. Denis Legay was honorary president of the Regional Health Observatory of the Pays de la Loire Region. He is also secretary general of the French committee for psychosocial rehabilitation (« Reh@b’ »).

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« 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. »
What’s the first thing we need to change to make it as easy for people to look after their mental health as their physical health?

What we call ‘access to care’ depends on multiple factors. If I had to choose one, it would be the negative image associated with psychiatric conditions which makes mental health seem mysterious, strange and stigmatized. Because mental health problems also makes us think about our own suffering, which we want to forget.
This is without question the deciding factor, due to the stigmatization which it causes and how this is reflected in the everyday life in the health care system, social welfare, the media, political circles, and society as a whole.
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 and remove barriers to access to care, enabling early intervention.
It is this aspect of advocacy which, in my opinion, needs considerable work.

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Dr. Jean-Victor Blanc

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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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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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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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Denis Legay

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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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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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Vincent Gross

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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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Charles-Edouard Notredame

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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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