People who are mentally ill, in particular with chronic mental illness, face social exclusion due to a lack of understanding of the illness, an unwillingness to accept difference, discontinuation of treatment, etc. The problem of social isolation and insufficient institutional support also affects their family and carers. In 2015, 314 rulings certifying disability due to mental illness were issued (data from the Bytom Municipal Disability Certification Team).
The project aims to improve self-reliance and empower 50 people with chronic mental illness in Bytom by developing their self-organization and self-advocacy skills.
Using the slogan Wings to fly, we will provide training on social skills, including a three-day integration field trip and psychoeducational training. The participants will learn to conduct community activity as self-advocates. We will select four initiative teams from the participants to implement four initiatives for the good of the Bytom local community, addressing social, cultural, artistic, and environmental issues, and a Neighbor Day integration event. The project will be summarized by release of an e-book documenting the activities of the project participants.
The measures will cover 50 people with chronic mental illness who live in a community care home (40) and protected residences (10). 30 will undertake self-advocacy activities. 50 people will take part in the Neighbor Day due to the epidemic.
The partner, the Bytom Joy of Life Association will be responsible for implementing initiatives for the good of the local community.