National Geographic

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“I think that by freeing people from the institution we and society as a whole, have become richer.” 83 year old Stjepan Getto lived in an institution for people with mental heath conditions for 27 years. That is where he met his wife Jelica Getto. In 2014 they moved into an apartment in the town of Osijek, Croatia. They now live almost entirely independently, with occasional support from a mental health assistant. “As long as I am able, I have a wish to do something and to contribute in some way, so that my life would have meaning. I think what we accomplished is good for everyone. For the people who have been institutionalized, for people who worked with them, and for the community as well.”
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Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld

Photo @Hammond_Robin for @OneDayInMyWorld
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“I think that by freeing people from the institution we and society as a whole, have become richer.” 83 year old Stjepan Getto lived in an institution for people with mental heath conditions for 27 years. That is where he met his wife Jelica Getto. In 2014 they moved into an apartment in the town of Osijek, Croatia. They now live almost entirely independently, with occasional support from a mental health assistant. “As long as I am able, I have a wish to do something and to contribute in some way, so that my life would have meaning. I think what we accomplished is good for everyone. For the people who have been institutionalized, for people who worked with them, and for the community as well.”
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Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld

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@laurent.guigue

One of the best !!!👍👏👌

@david_maillard

wow, nice stuff :)

@majilita

@francescanoel this is the story I was telling you about

@littlezac03

Джузеппе

@julie9731

So Croacia is more developed than the US where we leave them on the streets, and kick them and sometime empty our guns in their chest because thy are mentally ill. Something to learn from these places.

@sara.pete

This is so important. Thank you for sharing the news and awareness @natgeo and @onedayinmyworld

@_jafar8

awesome
и старость в радость🤤

@mayyazmayyaz

I love u ung lover

@marymar18209616

Que viejos tan aburrió

@senadcro

Bravo!

@zavala_vickie

Wow!! That is a huge accomplishment for Croatia!! Congratulations!! I’m proud for you all !💗

@olivia_makarofa

Это так важно быть вместе в старости

@rezagheybi0

زنده باد واقعن

@patriciafazio1

We did that in America years ago but without the support that’s really needed...... results homelessness, not taking medication , violent behaviors. Now the prisons have become the new home for those with mental disorders 😥

@humans_of_toronto

"The most violent element in society is ignorance." Emma Goldman

@fady_royal

قصة حب مع الزوج والزوجة

@antongin79

This a far cry betrer than Canada has done, we closed our institutions n just let ppl out without help or guidance. Way to go Croatia!

@branabn

It comes to the essence of a human life: "As long as I am able, I have a wish to do something and contribute in some way so that my life would have meaning." Thank you for sharing this story 😊Kudos to Croatia for supporting those in need 🙏

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