The Mindful Change Foundation (MCF) supports social-psychiatric projects in developing countries that aim to improve the care of people with mental and epileptic illnesses and psychosocial disabilities.
Specifically, the foundation participates in the conceptual development of the projects, their technical support and funding. This support includes the training of health workers and other relevant groups in the treatment of mental and epileptic diseases, outreach supervision, logistics (vehicles, etc.), supply of medication, coordination, organisation and evaluation of the projects. In individual cases, the foundation is involved in essential humanitarian health promotion measures (repairing wells, improving hygiene, financing necessary medical treatment, etc.).
Social-psychiatric work also includes a commitment to the destigmatisation of mental illnesses and to tolerance of disease-related behaviour.
The foundation also promotes exchange and cooperation between humanitarian, therapeutic and human rights organisations and self-help organisations. It supports all efforts to research the situation of the people affected and to draw their attention to it. This includes public relations work at national and international level.
On 3 August 2018, the Mindful Change Foundation (MCF) was officially approved by the Darmstadt Regional Council as a foundation under civil law with legal capacity.
The approval of the non-profit status according to § 51, 59, 60 and 61 of the tax code (AO) was granted by the tax office Darmstadt on August 20, 2018.
The Foundation’s Executive Board currently consists of three persons:
Dr. phil. Dipl. Soz. Michael Huppertz
Specialist in Psychiatry / Psychotherapy (1st Board)
Dr. med. Gesine Heetderks
Medical specialist for neurology, psychiatry / psychotherapy
Dr. med. Mania Kroll
Doctor in advanced training to become a specialist for general medicine