Countries with Local Action Groups
A national programme. September 15 is now a national "Day of Solidarity
with People Suffering from Schizophrenia".
- Established an NGO of patients called "Open the Doors,"
whose goals are self-education and the education of other patients,
their families, professionals and other social groups about schizophrenia-related
- Support and participation in a program named "Together in Art
and Life," which promotes the creativity of mentally ill people,
supports art therapy, organises exhibitions, auctions, art workshops,
courses and conferences, and cooperates with professional artists.
- The first "Day of Solidarity with People Suffering from Schizophrenia"
was celebrated in Poland last year (September 15, 2002). In 16 regions
throughout the country, thousands of people crossed different "Open
Doors" on the streets which were the symbols of overcoming the
fear of schizophrenia. This event integrated people in local communities:
politicians, local authorities, artists, journalists, priests, students
and clients with their families and people working in psychiatry and
- The "Day of Solidarity" included lectures, seminars, exhibitions,
poetry and performances. Two main results were achieved during this
time: integration and massive education. A short video was produced
that shows the first "Day of Solidarity with People Suffering from
Schizophrenia in Poland" (7 min).
Dr. Andrzej Cechnicki
Day Treatment Centre
Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University
31-115 Krakow, Poland
Fax: (48.12) 422.5674