Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
< $1,000
Project Summary
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Producing Green book on Community Mental health. Organizing Public consultations on Communiry Mental Health in Macedonia. Draft the strategy and proposals to the Government.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Government is not paying attention to the rising problems in mental health. It never has organized public consultation to screen the needs and situation in the area and to see what the population things about the scope of the problem, main issues and main resolutions to the problems. This has resulted in increasing of the number of people with mental illness and their families having problems (societal, economic,health, discrimination, e.t.c)
About You
Section 1: About You
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Section 2: About Your Organization
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Your idea
Country your work focuses on
What makes your idea unique?

tHERE WAs never held public consultation on mental health in the country. The Government has wrong perspective of public opinion on the issue and does not implement the right strategy approach in developing community mental health

Do you have a patent for this idea?


What impact have you had?

So far the community mental health is not developing at all, resulting in outburst of problems of people with mental health.


1. To draft a Green book on community mental health
2. To organize public consultations ( on line, public debates, interviews, e.t.c.)
3. To draft White book on community mental health
4. To propose strategy and legal changes to advance the situation.


1. Upgrading democratic process in the country
2. Advancing human rights of the vulnerable population
4. Advancing the health of people, especially children and women
5.Decrease the cost of treatment of the mentally ill people (health savings)
6.Increasing information to the public
5. Orienting action towards expressed needs of the voulnerable population

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

2009: Setting up the seen:Built a full scale project,Train NGO to organize public consultations
2010:Draft a Green paper (book) on community mental health (situational analyzes), organioze and implement public consultations
2011: Draft a White paper (book) with opinions and reccomendations for further action, draft legislation/strategies that have to be amended, table drafts to the Government and make it public (publishing, web sites...)

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Not enough resources.

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$1000 - 4000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


If yes, provide organization name.

NGO VERITAS&VIRTUS Anti Violence Aliance

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Partnership with the NGOs is crution for broad coverage of the population in Macedonia. Partnership with the Government provides for unlimited approach to the information regaRDING THE SITUATION, AS WELL A POLITICAL SUPPORT to realize the projects and propose advancements in the area.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1. Advancing human capital in mental health
2. Resource mobilizing
3. Advancing strong synergies among the stakeholders.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

The defining moment was a few people escapes from the mental health hospitals which proved that they can not take appropriate care of these patients, and their families, crying for help, since they were not helped to care for their relatives in the community (safer) settings).

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

I am working as a lawyer for more than 20 years now in the area of health and social issues. I was one of the founders of the mental health reform in Macedonia. I have drafted and proposed to the Government the Law on mental health , which was adopted, but never implemented. I also wrote a book on mental health reform, aiming to raise awareness of the preventive role of law in mental health and to advance community mental health.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

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