Federal Organisation of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Germany

Bundesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener e.V. (BPE)

with links to the regional BPE-organisations ("Bundesländer") and other German organisations, groups and institutions
  • Target group: All people, who have experiences with psychiatric treatment at the receiving end, their friends and supporters

  • Aims: Contact, mutual exchange, advice in topics like psychiatric drugs, legal issues, social welfare, and much more. The BPE members wants especially one thing: a reformed psychiatry.

    1. Enhanced rights-situation for (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, promotion of self-help.

    2. Development of meaningful alternatives to the mentality of care and guardianship within the traditional medical psychiatric structures by involvement of the of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry as equal partners.

    3. Subject orientated psychiatry, which is founded on the experiences of the (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry in connection with their life history; offering of dialogue and support in working out the contents of psychoses and depression, taking into consideration the needs of the of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry.

  • Organisation form: National registered non-profit-making and democratically organized organisation with place for a wide spectrum of different psychiatry-political ideas

  • Status of workers: 1 paid worker (advisor for problems with psychiatric drugs), honorarium paid for computer advisor, telephonic- primary contact, accounting and website management

  • Funding: Membership fees, sponsorship financial support by health insurance institutions, the German Governmental Ministry for Health and Social Welfare and by the Federal Labour Office. Decision of the General Assembly not to accept money from drug companies, and not to participate as co-organisator beside drug companies

  • Publications: Website www.bpe-online.de, member newsletter about four times yearly, video documentations, written statements to special topics, regular contributions to the magazine Psychosocial Review (in German language), folders

  • Contact: BPE e.V., Wittener Str. 87, D-44789 Bochum, Tel. +49 / (0)234 / 68 70 55 52, Fax +49 / (0)234 / 6 40 51 02, eMail kontakt-info@bpe-online.de, board: vorstand@bpe-online.de
last update on May 30, 2005