Cases requiring a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is on the rise. Likewise, the number of people in need, unable to afford clinical assistance for their mental health issues are also increasing.
Region: Implemented nationwide
Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy
Fields of action: Work, Awareness raising, Mental health
Project owner: Enprojekt
Responsible person: Istenes Petra Eszter
Instead of the usual collective database of mental health professionals, Enprojekt.hu (Meproject) has created a community where experts can contribute to a collaborative volunteer programme with measurable social impacts. The project has provided a reference point between different psychological fields often difficult to choose from without background knowledge (e.g. psychotherapy/coaching/counselling).
A team of 100 pre-screened volunteer experts make up the project. These experts are asked for an active/inactive status every 3 months and in order to continually increase the offerings, the team grows by fifty percent yearly.
The project seeks to demonstrate that "It's okay to ask for help". In this way Enprojekt.hu can act more directly with those in need. This, in turn, increases the number of people who seek timely help. The project also improves the unemployment rate and strengthens inter-professional cooperation among mental health professionals.
Enprojekt.hu can be built into an internationally scalable social enterprise. Currently, 5-10% of applications to the project come from abroad. Moreover, the online nature of the program allows the project to expand regionally and internationally.