Measure I.2: Cross-border initiatives targeting the exchange of people and ideas to enhance the professional and civic society cooperation


Project Title:  UP.S.TREA.M. 2 – UPdate of Socialization and TREAtment in Mental health, 2nd part


Project Budget:

  Project Value EU Contribution
Republic of Serbia €74,471.57 € 62,623.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina € 72,590.00 € 47,864.15
TOTAL € 147,061.57 € 110,487.29



Beneficiary of funds in the Republic of Serbia: Caritas Valjevo

Beneficiary of funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Association for Mutual Assistance in the Mental Distress TK “Fenix”

Partners: Health Center-Valjevo, Health Center with a polyclinic ‘Dr Mustafa Sehovic’ Tuzla,

City of Valjevo, Medical School “Dr. Miša Pantić “, Center for Mental Health Research and Promotion Vanima (Serbia), Association of Good People (Serbia)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Area of implementation:

  • Serbia: Kolubarski County, Valjevo
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Tuzlanksi Kanton, Tuzla


The target groups of the project: Disabled persons, the medical and social practitioners, civil societies


Project duration: 14.02.2014 – 13.05.2015


Project objectives:

The overall objectives: To improve the capacities of social inclusion and health care of the MH systems in Serbia and BiH through a cross-border exchange of experiences.

The specific objectives of the project:

To improve the public participation to decision making processes in MH field and to reduce the stigma toward people with mental diseases;

 To activate new community-based services in MH field;

To educate the main segments in MH systems of the societies in Valjevo and Tuzla (health and social operators, public institutions, civil society, media) to the main aspects of mental health care in community in line with the EU standards.


Activities and results of the project


UP.S.TREA.M project had the first phase of implementation under the 1st CfP. Achieved results in the first phase have been the base for further cooperation and accomplishments.  The aim of the project was to improve the capacities of social inclusion and health care of the mental health (MH) system in Serbia and BiH through a cross-border exchange of experiences. The exchange was oriented towards promotion of new models of public participations, and the capacity building of the actors in MH system.


The association of the beneficiaries of home care services was founded in Valjevo alike the Fenix from Tuzla. Around 30 service users were carried out by Home care Teams from Tuzla and Valjevo. Home care visits were combined of medical (pharmacological) and psychosocial character of care. But, in BiH they was reduced to the scope of capacities and the mission of TK Fenix. The combination of the two models turned out to be very precious and successful. Beneficiaries and members of their family have been visited by the HCV teams in their homes on permanent basis.



Two modules “Work inclusion of mental health services users” were attended by more than 60 participants. During the three day training recommendations for improving working inclusion of people with mental disabilities were developed and addressed it to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. Also, study was prepared with the aim to improve the approach of inclusion of people with mental disorders in labour market.


Through conducting Working groups, two Anti-stigma Campaign, Animation for youth were improved the public processes in MH field and reduced the stigma toward people with mental diseases.