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Local Action Groups
Brescia has been the starting point for Italys nationwide network
of anti-stigma activities. The Local Action Group stationed there will
help coordinate the effort throughout the country.
Twenty years after the implementation of
the Italian reform law, stigma is still a strong barrier to integrating
people suffering from schizophrenia into our society.
In Brescia, a town in northern Italy, we
have recently started a project to evaluate public attitudes towards the
mentally ill in collaboration with the WPA program against stigma and
discrimination because of schizophrenia. We intend to design a local plan
aimed to specific target groups such as patients, family members, journalists,
students and the clergy.
At the same time, we have made efforts to
create an Italian network to fight against stigma. So far, we have involved
Bologna, Torino, LAquilla and the National Institute of Health.
Each site will establish its own program in the near future.