Countries with Local Action Groups
Begun in Michalovce, now a national campaign.
- At The Slovak programme has been established as a new NGO, Otvorme
dvere, otvorme srdcia (Open the Doors, Open Your Hearts), or ODOS.
- Since September 2002, a new pilot project, "Transformation to
an Integrated System of Mental Health Care," has been creating
a standard regional model of mental health care and regional plan in
Michalovce. People from all fifteen of the major Slovak institutions
that work directly or indirectly with mental health are participating.
Reducing the stigma associated with mental illness is one of the main
goals of this project.
- To provide employment opportunities for people with mental illness,
the Karolina tea house has been established in the centre of Michalovce.
This public venue will provide opportunities for client interaction
with the public, for education programmes on anti-stigma issues, and
for developing partnerships to reach a wider audience.
- In partnership with a local television station and an NGO working
with the media, the Club of People with Schizophrenia is cooperating
with Irrsinnig Menschlich from Leipzig on a media project. Club members
have received training in filmmaking and are learning to develop their
own stories, as they would like to see them presented to the public.
From July 2002 till May 2003, the group participated in the first international
filmmakers' workshop for people with schizophrenia from Slovakia and
Germany entitled "Against the Images in our Heads".
Dr. Petr Nawka
SK 071 01 Michalovce