Photo Pierre - Jardin pêcheur

PORTRAIT Project sponsor

Pierre Maly

Pierre Marly began his working life as a school teacher then led an institute for educational and pedagogical therapy. Very early on in his career, he discovered the problem of not being able to find work for the young people with psychological issues in his care. In 2007, he decided to start employing them himself and so set up the Jardin Pêcheur.

Photo Pierre - Jardin pêcheur
« […] Dealing with every employee on a case-by-case basis and having an honest discussion about what’s possible and what their limits are. »
What’s the biggest challenge when launching a mental health project?

In my opinion, there are two big challenges when launching a mental health project. First, you have to take into account the specific needs of those with mental health conditions, which means dealing with every employee on a case-by-case basis, having an honest discussion with every person about what’s possible and what their limits are. This means that you have at least some basic knowledge of different mental health conditions, a certain level of empathy, clear boundaries, gentleness and never being complacent. The second challenge, of course, is financial. It is absolutely essential to that your new project seeks to become profitable, both to ensure its longevity and also to create a good work environment for employees who identify very easily with their work. It’s therefore necessary to develop a work environment which is actually more demanding than it would be for your average employee.

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 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

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 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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