Countries with Local Action Groups
Begun in Istanbul, and expanded to Izmir and Ankara. The WPA effort was
part of one of the first local NGOs dedicated to mental health.
- At An interactive course titled "The Attitudes of Society and
Doctors Toward Mental Illnesses" has been added to the curriculum
of the intern doctors of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. The subject of
the course is "schizophrenia and stigma." Since 1999, 400
students have attended the course.
- The group has distributed 300 informational packets on early diagnosis
to GPs working on the European side of Turkey, and 200 in the Asian
portion. These packets include handouts and brochures.
- The second Schizophrenia Walk was held in March, 2002 with significant
participation of local partners. A press conference followed the event
and it received wide coverage by the national media. The Schizophrenia
Walk will be held again in 2003.
- A film by family members appeared on ten television stations.
Alp Ücok M.D.
Istanbul Medical Faculty
Department of Psychiatry
34390 Capa, Istanbul