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Dr. Jean-Victor Blanc

Photo Jean-Victor - expert
« […] 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. »
What’s the first thing we need to change to make it as easy for people to look after their mental health as well as their physical health?

Since I have only worked in public hospitals, I am very aware of the structural difficulties holding back the improvement of France’s mental health care system. Nonetheless, I think that the main aspect which affects the group in question is the stigmatization they face; starting from prevention and diagnosis, to care and right up to recovery. The priority here should be working to finally shift how we regard mental health. I am convinced that we need to share knowledge in order to reduce discrimination. Also, information has to be available and tailored to different audiences. Finally, I think that there is also an image problem we need to combat. Historically, it was art and culture which shaped our attitudes and behaviour. For too long, psychological issues have been side-lined as seemingly sad pathologies, often regarded as violent, with no hope of recovery and the blame being placed on the person in question. By moving away from these stereotypes, we can reimagine certain clichés, which will let us better look after ourselves and also promote inclusion.

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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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 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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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 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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