Countries with Local Action Groups
Begun in Athens, now nationwide.
- The Panhellenic Association of Families for Mental Health has been
- A nationwide educational project targeted at schools has been established
in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Education. The goal is to
instil tolerance of diversity, and respect for human rights, and through
these lead to the acceptance of people suffering from mental illness.
We organized a training programme for 180 professionals who will staff
residential settings within the framework of the Psychiatric Reform
- Pamphlets and leaflets on the essentials of schizophrenia and the
stigma "inspired" by the film "A Beautiful Mind"
were created. More than 1,500,000 pamphlets were distributed nationwide
by news-paper, 60,000 were handed out at cinemas, theatres and selected
video-clubs in Athens, more than 1,700,000 were mailed to house-holds
in the region of Attica with their Water Company Bill, more than 50,000
pamphlets were posted to the entire network of Mental Health Services
all over Greece, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Welfare,
and roughly 30,000 were distributed at conferences, workshops, academic
institutions, Universities, NGOs etc. The pamphlets were translated
into Turkish, Albanian, Arabic and Kurdish so as to be available to
the economic immigrants living in Greece.
- Interventions have also been undertaken with journalists to help correct
misconceptions in the media
Other interventions on television, in cinemas and on the Internet are