A few words about EPAPSY

A few words about EPAPSY

EPAPSY (Association for Regional Development and Mental Healthcare) was established in 1988, on the initiative of Prof. Stelios Stylianidis; since then, it is continuously active aiming to offer an alternative model of psychosocial care to the community based on the principles of Social Psychiatry and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.


Especially during the last years, having assumed the scientific and administrative responsibility for running in total twenty-three accommodation units of psychosocial rehabilitation, two mobile units

of mental healthcare in the Cyclades islands and one day care center, EPAPSY is innovating with the development of a network of services and professionals working for the purposes of social psychiatry. EPAPSY has supported the establishment and function of the Social Cooperative of Limited Liability in the 5 th Attica District for Mental Healthcare provision, in the administrative Region of Central Greece and the city of Trikala, as well as local associations of mental health (in Chalkida, the northern suburbs of Athens, the Region of Voiotia).


It is our aim to provide a model of comprehensive mental healthcare to the community. The quality of care is assured via the interdisciplinary collaboration, the application of WHO guidelines, the connection to the local services, local providers, users and families, the fight against the stigma and the social exclusion, the continuous learning and training of professionals.


The mental healthcare services provided by the association are controlled and funded via the regular budget, under the supervision and upon authorization of the Ministry of Healthcare. In parallel, in the context of proper management, the financial reporting of our association is annually controlled by independent chartered accountants, while our budget is also submitted to the Court of Auditors.


The quality of our provided services in the field of mental healthcare has been recognized and certified by the National Evaluation Center of Quality & Technology in Health (EKAPTY – former EKEVYL) with the international standard ISO 9001:2000 for implementing a quality system. We have been awarded with the prize for the most important administrative intervention (2011) by the Hellenic Health Services Management Association. Bodossaki Foundation evaluated our organization in 2014 in the framework of the program “We are all citizens” as an organization of international standards.

Scope of work

  • Addressing mental healthcare needs
  • Promoting scientific fields and activities relevant to researching prevention, οrigin and treatment of mental disorders aimed at the psychosocial and professional reintegration and rehabilitation of people with mental issues, people with special psychosocial needs, as well as vulnerable socially excluded groups
  • Advocating for rights
  • Training professionals
  • Research
  • Solidarity actions
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Fighting against any kind of discrimination
  • Social awareness raising

People have shared on us

“All these years of collaboration, I have had the pleasure and honor to realize how the activity of EPAPSY is constantly inspired by the principles of Public Health.”
Prof. Benedetto Saraceno
School of Medical Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal,ex Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
“I would like to acknowledge the heroic improvement on this front by the Greeks with disabilities as well as those having advocated in favor of their rights, including my admirable friend Stelios Stylianidis and his colleagues at EPAPSY”
Jan Jarab
Head of the Regional Office for Europe of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
“EPAPSY constitutes an exemplary organization for the provision of community-based mental healthcare. EPAPSY units apply high-level standards for the improvement of the quality of provided care, the psychosocial rehabilitation as well as the protection of the rights of people with mental health issues and their relatives.”
Eleni Nomidou
President of the Association for Mental Health of Serres Former President of the Panhellenic Federation of Associations of Organizations for Mental Health