Health
 Slovakia
Project #16290

Social center for mentally ill people in Slovakia

by Pontis Foundation
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Students that joined our project "Mad? So what!"
Students that joined our project "Mad? So what!"

"Students initial response is usually accompanied by surprise and slight shyness," says Zina H. from a social care center - MOST. 

And what has even managed to surprise students from Bratislava? Authenticity and direct touch with reality. And those are the ingredients that project "Mad? So what!" definitely contains.

"You reach out to young people because they are more open to talk about "taboos" and prejudices than grown ups?"

- The causes are manifold. Young people in the age between 15 and 20 years are at the stage when the question of the meaning of life and identity becomes an important theme in their lives. They are in the process of creation of the attitudes and behaviors. That is why it is important to have information and experiences that can expand their mindsets and should help them face the myths and prejudices against people with mental disorders.The project will also improve the awareness of mental health itself. Young people are at the same risk of mental health problems as adults. During the project they talk about where to seek help, what is the difference between psychology and psychiatry and they can hear about various symptoms of mental disorders.It is important to talk about taboos aloud. Even more when the topic is about mental disorders that can affect anyone of us.

5-minute talk about mental health
5-minute talk about mental health

Thanks to your donations, we were able to carry out a lot of different activities to raise awareness about mental health!

On May 5th, the League for Mental Health organized another year of the campaign #5 minutes. This day has now become the day of the talk about mental health. Thanks to this campaign, we were able to exploit the potential of social networks and emphasize the need to talk about feelings, about various mental health or interpersonal problems.

We want to show that you don´t have to be an expert to enjoy talking about your feelings with loved ones. If you don´t know how to do it, we are also able to give you some tips.

Here are the Ten Commandments on how to acquire mental health care, which can serve as a guide for talking about feelings, joys and sorrows:

1) When talking about feelings, don´t talk only about mental health problems. Start talking about normal everyday things. Keep in mind that the issue of mental health is just one tiny part of the person in front of you. People do not want to be defined by their problems in the field of mental health

2) The actual time you spend with a person allows him to experience the feeling that you do care about him and can help you understand what he is going through and what's bothering him.

3) Avoid phrases which do not help at all, such as: "Go out", "Don´t sit at home, come and have fun because they may even harm! Try to keep an open mind and not to be critical. You do not always understand what is happening in the soul of another human being, but the mere willingness to listen to him is crucial.

4) Recall your loved ones your participation and support. Sometimes little things can be big enough just so he knows he has "a friend on the phone," someone to whom he can rely.

5) Talk, but also listen: either simply present - already that in itself means a lot.

6) Try to be relaxed and open. It probably goes without saying that yawning or regular monitoring of the watch does not go unnoticed and the sincerity is then rather discouraged.

7) Finally, one more point. Some people prefer to write text messages or e-mail rather than talking face to face or over the phone. Maybe when they feel ready they will come back to you. For him it is important to note that you are here, and when he is ready, he can make contact with you.

On June 23rd, we went to a high-school in Bratislava and we had a wonderful afternoon talking to young people about mental health, and this was very useful as we managed to destroy some prejudices they had, especially about schizophrenia.

Thank you for supporting our project and for allowing us to continue carrying out more and more campaigns.

Spreading hope and optimism is the key
Spreading hope and optimism is the key
High-school workshop about mental health
High-school workshop about mental health
Dss-MOST, n.o. , Haanova street, number 10, Bratislava, Slovakia
Project
Prelozit z: slovencina
Independence, not loneliness part 2 –A bridge to self“

April 12th, 2016

Follow our project at: www.dss-most.sk
Our Website:  http://www.dss-most.sk/stante-sa-aj-vy-dobrym-clovekom-na-dobrej-krajine/
https://www.facebook.com/DssMost
Other Website: https://www.dobrakrajina.sk/sk/projekt/samostatnost-nie-samota

To our patients and their families, our sponsors and to Dell´s company employees.

Summary of the project: Our patients are adults with a serious mental disorder, mostly schizophrenics. They come to our rehabilitation center at different ages and in different periods of their illness. Some of them have some problems to focus on daily activities programs; the others are capable of much more. They are dreaming about work, but, in fact, they cannot perform it because of their illness. Many of our clients have a variety of knowledge and are skilled in some area.

Status: Continuation of our project and new activities for the whole year 2016

New issues of our project for the year 2016 are :

  1. new workshops as decoupage
  2. crochet
  3. The most important is the strengthening cooperation with Mental Health Center MOTHER, House of Social Services Samaria and company DELL to” demolish bridges between healthy and ill people”.

Till 12th of  April, 2016 we have raised 252,5 € 

Project objectives:

No. 1: Through group activities : Improving communication and social skills of clients,
to adapt them into the daily routine and improve their resistance to stress in everyday life situations

No. 2: Promote more skilled clients and give them the opportunity to learn something else

No. 3: Help less skilled clients to develop essential job skills

No. 4: Thanks to material equipment and financial support, continuing workshops  (e.g. Fimo art, sports .)

No. 5: Enriching the program of workshops rehabilitation center with new activities

No. 6: Supporting our rehabilitation center by increasing  our staff and stabilizing operations

 

Completed parts of the project:

  1. We are continuing the FIMO art workshop, see more:  MOST_SVK_Fimo_art
  2. We have started a new workshop – Decoupage, see more: MOST_SVK_Decupage
  3. We organized a sport meeting on behalf ” demolish bridges between healthy and ill people” on 30 of March, 2016, with Mental Health Center MOTHER, House of Social Services Samaria and company DELL. We played floorball, billiard, ping pong, table football. See more: MOST_SVK_sport meeting

THANK YOU to all donors! With your gift, you give your hand to people with mental health illness to bring them out from their ´s solitude.

By : Zuzana Zatloukalová, Dss-MOST
Bratislava, Slovakia   

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Message to our supporters :)
Message to our supporters :)

Background: Our clients are adults with a serious mental disorder, mostly schizophrenics. They come to our rehabilitation center at different ages and in different periods of their illness. Some of them have a problem at all to focus on daily activities programs; the others are capable of much more. They are dreaming about work, but, in fact, they cannot perform it because of their illness. Many of our clients have a variety of knowledge and are skilled in some area.

 

Status: successfully finished project for the year 2015.

We financially supported  the operation:  our rehabilitation center and supported housing.

 We added material for workshop, and have enriched the content of the workshop. We have strengthened the workers who participated in the preparation of the exhibition and discussions.

 

Detailed:

A new issue in the project, which we successfully realized:

1)      The Exhibition of paintings andliterary works of our clients  on 9th of September, 2015 at Starý

lyceum ,  Konventná 15, Bratislava, Slovakia.

The exhibition was opened for one month for wide public.

2) We realized  5 debates  about mental health.

3) Whereas, at the same time in the autumn of this year, we do celebrate the 20th anniversary of our activities

 

Project objectives :

No. 1 - we organized a public exhibition of paintings and literary works

  1. 2 - we provided  clients with the opportunity to experience the success of  their creation, and thus strengthen their own self-esteem and competence for greater autonomy
    no. 3 - during the exhibition we realized 5 public debates on mental health
  2. 4 - show the relatives, their loved ones are able to develop their skills (guestbook) –the guests wrote into the guestbook their thoughts, thanks.
  3. 8 - strengthen the staff who will help with the preparation of the exhibition

 

THANK YOU all donors! With your gift, you give your hand to people with mental health illness to bring them out from their ´s solitude.

Our 20th anniversary celebration
Our 20th anniversary celebration

Background: Our clients are adults with a serious mental disorder, mostly schizophrenics. They come to our rehabilitation center at different ages and in different periods of their illness. Some of them have a problem at all to focus on daily activities programs; the others are capable of much more. They are dreaming about work, but, in fact, they cannot perform it because of their illness. Many of our clients have a variety of knowledge and are skilled in some area.

 Status till 5th  of October,  2015, a actualized project which will reflect  our needs in the year 2015.

A new issue in the project, which we successfully realized:

1) The Exhibition of paintings andliterary works of our clients  on 9th of September, 2015 at Starý lyceum ,  Konventná 15, Bratislava, Slovakia. The exhibition was opened for one month for wide public.

2) We realized  5 debates  about mental health.

3) Whereas, at the same time in the autumn of this year, we do celebrate the 20th anniversary of our activities

 Project objectives – whose we realized till 5th  of October,  2015

No. 1 - we organized a public exhibition of paintings and literary works

  1. 2 - we provided  clients with the opportunity to experience the success of  their creation, and thus strengthen their own self-esteem and competence for greater autonomy
    no. 3 - during the exhibition we realized 5 public debates on mental health
  2. 4 - show the relatives, their loved ones are able to develop their skills (guestbook) –the guests wrote into the guestbook their thoughts, thanks.
  3. 8 - strengthen the staff who will help with the preparation of the exhibition

 

THANK YOU all donors! With your gift, you give your hand to people with mental health illness to bring them out from their ´s solitude.

Anniversary celebration
Anniversary celebration
Exhibition of our works
Exhibition of our works
 

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Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
Website: http:/​/​www.pontisfoundation.sk
Project Leader:
Marek Chalány
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia
$2,607 raised of $3,300 goal
 
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