“The impact of economic crisis on mental health”


Behavioural Health has been one of the areas most affected by the current economic crisis. Many countries have seen their Public Health budget reduced due to the crisis, and behavioural health is often not counted as one of its priorities. Economic recessions have a negative impact on the mental health of the population due to several factors, especially to those who become unemployed or have a higher risk of becoming so. The economic crisis has also magnified the vulnerability of population groups of a lower socioeconomic status. Consequently, policies and strategies for the integration of behavioural care and services will need to observe this eventual increase of the demand.

The goal of the IV International Summit Soma&Psy is to analyse and discuss the impact of the crisis from different perspectives: epidemiological, prevention and therapeutic.

The Soma&Psy Summit was created with the aim to animate and provide answers to the debate about the integration of mental health into physical health care from different angles and disciplines. The speakers and moderators of the summit are people with vast experience in the subject, and will provide different views and approaches with the aim to generate a rich conversation. It has been collaboratively organised by Centre Psychiatrique Saint-Bernard (Belgium), Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona, Spain), Fondation de Nant (Vaud, Switzerland) and the Consorci Hospitalari de Vic (Vic, Spain).


8:00 – 8:45

Welcome and registration of participants

8:45 – 9:00

Inauguration and presentation of the summit


9:00 – 10:00

Opening conference: Socioeconomic framework of the economic crisis and its effects on people’s life

Philippe Defeyt, founder of the Belgian green party:

“The insecurity in all countries”

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break


10:30 – 11:30 

Session 1: The impact of economic crisis on behavioural health from an epidemiological perspective

Josep Maria HaroDirector of Research, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu:

-“Economic recession, depression and suicide: ¿Is there a response from Public Health?”

Xavier Bartoll,  Resercher and economist, Agència de Salut Pública Barcelona:

-“The effects of the economic crisis on the mental health of the Spanish population”

Giulia Camilotti and Hervé Avalosse, reserach advisors, Alliance Nationale des Mutualités Chrétiennes:

-“Insecurity and health. the evidence of data from the Mutualité Chrétienne”


11:30 – 12:30

Session 2: The prevention of consequences of the economic crisis on behavioural health 

Judit Pons, Specialised mental health nurse, Consorci Hospitalari de Vic:

-“Health care to suicide behaviours at the Consorci Hospitalari de Vic”.

Michel Cordier, Social worker, Centre Psychiatrique Saint Bernard:

-“Prgamatic insights on how social facts influence mental health”

Marta Coromina, Psychiatrists and coordinator of the CSMA Gavà and Castelldefels, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu:

-“The kidstime. Mental health prevention: Multi-family intervention on the effects of  parental mental health disorders”


12:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:00

Session 3: The effects of the economic crisis on the treatment of mental disorders

Maria José Álvarez, Psychiatrist, Consorci Hospitalari de Vic:

-“The impact of the use of psychiatric drugs in an  assertive community treatment programme in the county of Osona”   

Frédérique Van Leuven, Psychiatrist, Centre Psychiatrique Saint Bernard:

-“How the economic crisis has creared new pathologies”

Belén Arranz, Psychiatrist, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu:

-“Links between the economic crisis and que quality of health care services”


15:00 – 16:00

Session 4: Requirements for the integration of behavioural health during an economic crisis

Murielle Makuch, Research coordinator, Centre Psyquiatrique Saint Bernard:

-“The emergency of integrated care service networks, a transformation of the care organisation to provide a more adapted response” 

Lluís San, Director of mental health, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu:

-“Integrated health care: myth or reality”

Santiago Escote, Director of mental health, Consorci Hospitalari de Vic:

-“Strategic alliances in organisations that work in a synergic way. The case of Osona”



16:00 – 16:30

Closing of the IV International Summit Soma&Psy


A glass of good cheer


Parallel programme: 9th November 2016
The organisers of the 4th Summit Soma&Psy open the possibility to participants to visit the mental health facilities of the hosting institution. In this occassion, there is the option to visit the facilities of the Centre Psychiatrique Saint-Bernard, located in Manage, Belgium.  Participants interested in attending to the visit must specify it in the registration form. The places are limited.