Lecturers and Assistants

Dr. Vesna Švab


Vesna Švab

Cooperation:  Lecturer

Contact hours: By agreement

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Research field: stigmatization in mental disorders; psychosocial rehabilitation, community treatment; epidemiology and prevention of mental disorders

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Curriculum Vitae:

I am a psychiatrist and university teacher. I co-established National Organization for Mental Health ŠENT in 1992, being president for 10 years. In this time ŠENT became the largest NGO in Slovenia working with people with mental disorders, providing services for employment, education, housing, advocacy, leading antistigma programme in Slovenia, and also participating in numerous EU programmes including the anti-discrimination movement. I am publicly engaged in the movement towards deinstitutionalization in Slovenia. I was participating in working groups for preparing Slovene Mental Health Law and National Mental Health Plan, drafting and implementing chapters on anti-discrimination and community treatment and care. I established close cooperation with family practitioners and social workers in Slovenia to move care from institutions to the community. I was preparing and cooperated in establishing public financing for two programmes for community treatment and care for people with severe mental disorders. I am currently leading education on community care and human rights for community care working groups. I was co-working on reports about the mental health situation in Slovenia in the view of human rights with NGO ŠENT. I am included in different international organizations Mental Health Europe, EUFAMI, and other organizations protecting the human rights of people with mental disorders. I was lecturing and presenting our work in many international meetings and at other public events.

I am cooperating with service users and their carers in Slovenia and abroad for more than 20 years. I was participating in three large EU types of research about stigma and discrimination: International Study on Stigma and Discrimination in Schizophrenia, Antistigma European Network, and A Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe. My Ph.D. and Masters’s Diploma are about community care and human rights. My knowledge about human rights is acquired through research, international cooperation, and above all from continuous direct contact with service users.  I was also involved in the process of preparing grounds for implementation of CRPD principles to the National Plan for Mental Health and in the relevant public debates in Slovenia and internationally. I helped in preparing comments on Article 19 CRPD.

Established competence
I published over 160 bibliographic units. I published about stigma and discrimination, psychosocial rehabilitation, and mental health reform. I was the editor of the first Slovenian Textbook on Psychosocial rehabilitation and published three chapters in the Slovenian Textbook for medical students’ Psychiatry. With Intech Rijeka I published a monography on Stigma and Mental Disorders. I was nominated in the list of experts for the UN Special  Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.