A European Project on
Human Rights and Physical Health
of Residents in Psychiatric and Social Care Institutions
Funded by
the European Commission, DG Sanco
a project funded by the European Commission

Global Initiative on Psychiatry, Sofia, BG

The Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) is an international non-profit organisation for the promotion of humane, ethical and effective mental health care worldwide.

Employing the 25-year experience of GIP-Holland, GIP-Sofia has been working since 2002 in the South East European (SEE) region to support the mental health reforms. We have proved experience in sensitizing and involving the main stakeholders, bringing together the variety of perspectives - the user, the relative, the professional and the governmental one. Our capacity to undertake leading position has been demonstrated by the efficient implementation of a number of national and international projects. All of our initiatives are based on serious preparation, including: conducting systematic reviews on existing services and legislation, situation analyses and needs assessment, using both qualitative and quantitative evidence. In our practice we carry out surveys, focus groups and interviews to evaluate the quality of our projects.

Mission Statement

Our vision is that every person should have the opportunity to realise his or her full potential as a human being, notwithstanding personal vulnerabilities or life circumstances.

Every society, accordingly, has a special obligation to establish a comprehensive, integrated system for providing ethical, humane and individualized treatment, care, and rehabilitation, and to counteract stigmatization of, and discrimination against, people with mental disorders or histories of mental health treatment. An enlightened services system promotes mutually respectful partnerships between persons who receive services and those who deliver them, protects the human rights of users and the ethical autonomy of service providers, and facilitates the engagement of users, families, and all other stakeholders in advocating for and achieving improvements in the quality of care.
Recognizing that these aspirations remain everywhere unfulfilled, and that the rights and needs of persons with mental disorders are particularly vulnerable to infringement and neglect, the mission of Global Initiative on Psychiatry is to promote humane, ethical, and effective mental health care throughout the world and to support a global network of individuals and organizations to develop, advocate for, and carry out the necessary reforms.
GIP-Sofia undertakes projects and activities that advance all dimensions of mental health systems and care, including:
  1. Deinstitutionalisation and transforming institutional care
  2. Empowering users, carers and professionals
  3. Engaging in policy development and advocacy
  4. Anti-stigma and public awareness campaigns for people with mental illness and others
  5. Human rights and accessibility of help. Anti-discrimination.

Team Members


Global Initiative on Psychiatry - Sofia
1 Maliovitza Str.
1000 Sofia
Phone: +359 (0)2 987 78 75
Fax: +359 (0)2 980 93 68
Email: sofia(at)gip-global.org