Founder Member and Director for Collaboration
Jean-Luc Roelandt is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health (Lille), EPSM Lille Métropole, a Member of the INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale) steering committee, a Member of the Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire for research and training in mental health, a Former Head of Psychiatry Unit 59G21, a Member of WHO Europe Commissions (2002-2007) and a WHO expert on interventions in Bosnia (2000), the Mental Health Plan Mauritania (2003), the Indian Ocean Mental Health Plan, with MAE and WHO (2005) Mental Health Plan County of Fribourg, Switzerland (2007) Tunisia (2007 & 2014), the Mental Health Plan Algeria (2015-2018) Mental Health Plan French Polynesia (2018).
He has led the creation of a multidisciplinary Intermunicipal Council for Health, Mental Health and Citizenship, and the facilitation of the creation of mutual self- help groups in the sector, managed directly by users and financed by the State, which has enabled psychiatry to be truly integrated into primary health care, leading to a significant decrease in the use of psychiatric hospitalization and a better integration of people with mental disorders. He has been involved with the development of a Peer Support University programme and the development of Local Councils for Mental Health, places for consultation and coordination between public psychiatric services, local elected officials of the territory concerned, users and carers. He participated in the joint WHO and European Commission project on the empowerment of mental health service users, in developing WHO QualityRights Toolkit, and in revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD 10). Jean-Luc has conducted numerous national and international research programmes and published widely on public mental health, discrimination and inequality.