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Kobierzyn Closer. Against Stigmatization Of People With Mental Disorders

Counteracting exclusion Completed
2015-02-02 - 2016-02-29
108 452,87 PLN
97 282,93 PLN
Project description
There is a disproportion between EU estimates of the share of the population requiring psychiatric help (11%) and the actual share of patients in psychiatric care in Poland (4% - Centre for Public Opinion Research, 2008). One reason is a fear of stigmatisation of patients under psychiatric care; poor knowledge of mental diseases is another. Hospitals are perceived as places devoid of subjectivity, albeit the detention care model is being replaced with one of restoring social functionality to mental health care facilities.
The project goal was to enable social integration of psychiatric care patients, and to eliminate negative stereotypes by organising joint meetings for educators and patients of the Babiński Hospital in Cracow. Fourteen patients and fourteen educators worked to create an exhibition showing mental diseases and processes of recovery. Persons with and without crisis experience co-operated to engage in education and exhibition management. Some participants began perceiving their illness as a valuable experience.
Educators, patients, family members, and hospital staff attended a series of workshops on social exclusion, with 28 follow-up interviews with hospital staff and patients in the healing process. The narrative interview method was selected, allowing patients to speak and create a story of mental disease with the use of their own language and perspective. All data collected was used to create ‘Mind Your Head’, a permanent exhibition at the hospital. Workshop participants engaged in a scientific analysis of the disease narrative, results available in the ‘Closer/Further. On Mental Disorders from a Non-Medical Perspective’ publication. Scenarios of educational classes for multiple recipients were drafted in a workshop setting.
Participants: 14 mental care patients and 14 educators.
The partner – Babiński Special Care Hospital – offered grounds and space for the project, as well as staff involvement. The Revita Cracow-Kobierzyn Foundation helped plan activities.
We use the grant for capacity building