Mental health & human rights practising lawyer
WHO PFPS Champion for Greece
Secretary general of the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks GAMIAN-Europe, Brussels
President, Panhellenic Federation of associations/organizations for the mental health
Vice president, Association of families/carers for mental health, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders SOFPSI N.SERRON, Serres, Greece
Visiting lecturer in Compassionate Care, Doctor-Patient relationship and Health law at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece
Being an active carer to her brother who lives with schizophrenia and seeing the problems faced by families trying to cope with mental illness consequences and the unfairness of the situation service users find themselves in prompted Katerina to become actively involved in the mental health issues that affect vulnerable people and society as a whole. Her area of passion and expertise includes the use of the World Health Organization’s innovative QualityRights tool kit and package of training and guidance modules to assess quality and human rights in mental health and social care facilities, and to build capacity among key stakeholders on how to implement a human rights and recovery approach in the area of mental health in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights standards.
Following a degree in Italian language and literature at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki-Greece and a degree in Law at Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini-Greece, she received a postgraduate degree in mental health, law and human rights from Indian Law Society in Pune, India.
Aikaterini is a member of the pool of experts of the EC (Chafea) and has worked with governments and organisations on mental health policies and legislations, including in Afghanistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Sierra Leone.