Pavel Říčan is a sociologist and a lecturer with almost 20 years of experience in community mental health services. Since 2014 he works as a Director of Centre for Mental Health Care Development www.cmhcd.cz based in Prague. Pavel is involved in numerous projects and innovative activities in mental health. He likes simple, effective and recovery oriented approaches. In recent years it was especially peer specialist’s involvement in practice, theory and research what occupied his professional life. Since 2013 he is engaged as a consultant for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of social affairs helping with mental health reforms.