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Therapeutic Support In Mental Crisis According To Open Dialog Approach (ODA)

Counteracting exclusion Completed
2015-02-16 - 2016-02-16
168 259,91 PLN
151 248,81 PLN
Project description
Every year in Poland there are about 80,000 first time admissions to psychiatric hospitals. After initiating treatment about 72% of patients lose their jobs, nearly 60% claim disability and never go back to work. Families often lack adequate knowledge about mental disorders, which results in fear, encourages exclusion of the ill from close relationships, joint work and activities. In small communities this fear is reinforced by diminished anonymity; limited possibility to benefit from psychiatric assistance, and the waiting time for a visit which is about 4 weeks. Mobile teams that could reach the patient’s home are scarce.
The project aimed to counteract exclusion of persons experiencing a mental health crisis through specialist support administered according to the Open Dialogue Approach method (ODA).
Under the project 78 people in mental health crisis in Lower Silesia Province have received specialist support.
An ODA team was set up (17 people) consisting of therapists, teachers, psychologists, a psychiatrist and social workers. An assistance centre, including a 24h emergency hotline has been launched, where 392 calls were received during the duration of the project. If a given problem was not eligible for intervention within ODA, another institution or possibility was suggested. The first meeting was organised urgently, if possible within 24 hours from the notification, at the patient’s home or a place of his/her choosing. 174 therapy sessions were carried out. Since mental health crisis always touches the entire social network, and this network is the participant and the audience of the therapy process, persons in mental health crisis participated in sessions together with members of their families and social networks (friends, employers, employees of local institutions etc.)
The beneficiaries of the project included 78 families of persons experiencing mental health crisis together with their social networks, i.e. about 110 people and 60 public institutions.
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