The delicate accompaniment of young people with mental suffering


At the intersectoral reception center for adolescents in Paris, we take care of young people in crisis.

It is a small anonymous building with a garden, nestled in the heart of the Butte aux Cailles district in Paris. Behind the door, young people are gathered in a living room. Some have a demure appearance, others flaunt a provocative look. Laughter escapes. Nothing indicates that we are in a reception structure for young people suffering from psychiatric difficulties. And yet, the Intersectoral Reception Center for Adolescents (Ciapa) is indeed a place where adolescents in crisis can come and seek help, either punctual or regular. “We do not want the structure to frighten, that it resembles the stereotypes of the psychiatric hospital,explains the Dr Jean Chambry, head of department. For us, psychiatry is a means of well-being, not of normalization. ”

Here, it all starts with a call from the suffering young person or one of his relatives. A nurse assesses the situation by telephone and makes an initial assessment. She can then offer an interview, within 48 hours, with a nurse.

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