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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.”
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.
#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