Onedayinmyworld@onedayinmyworld

@witness_change campaign amplifying voices and uncovering stories of people living with mental health conditions around the world.

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Beneficiaries living in an institution where they are maintained by 98 staff members. This institution has not gone through the process of deinstitutionalization.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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The now closed ‘Home for the Insane’ in Cepin, Croatia. As part of a deinstitutionalization process led by Ladislav Lamza - Director of ‘Center for Providing Service in the Community - I am just like you,’ the institution in Cepin was closed in 2014. It is 10 years since Croatia signed the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but only one of Croatia's 24 mental health institutions implements its spirit. "The government still wants people locked up, locked away. People with disabilities, whether mental health or physical, have rights. There are four reasons why inclusion is better than exclusion,” says Ladislav Lamza, director of 'Centre for People Like Us' in Osijek. “It’s better for a person, it’s better for the community, it’s legal, it’s cheaper.”
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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"The last sign said that we were crazy people – it was not correct. We are not marked by this ugly name now. I feel equal, I am no longer ashamed by the name of the institution.” Darko lived in the “Home for the Insane” until it’s name and mission were changed to provide support for beneficiaries living independently in apartments. Now it is called 'Centre for People Like Us’. Darko has lived in psychiatric institutions since the age of 11. Soon, with the support of ‘Centre for People Like Us’ he will move into his own home. He will still receive support, but will live independently.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @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 has lived in an institution for people with mental heath conditions for 27 years. In 2014 he moved into an apartment in the town of Osijek, Croatia where he lives with his wife, 61 year old Jelica Getto, who he met in the center. “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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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. Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


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"I like that it is not crowded here. In the institution there is always someone yelling. Here I have my own room and I have peace," says Hrvoje Sebalj.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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"We are supporting them to live like every citizen of this town, to fall in love, dance, eat pancakes. I want to give people back a reason to live. That is what we have been taking from them, their humanity," says Ladislav Lamza, the Director of "Center For Providing Services In The Community".
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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"I say I was in prison before. Now I love to make apple pie and buy spices and oils for cooking. It is wonderful for us to have our own keys, to buy fresh juice and to take a bus. We are satisfied with our neighbours. We are happy." After 12 years in institutions, Branka Reljan, 55, has spent three years living in the community, in a shared flat with her partner Drazenko Tevlli. She speaks fluent German and English but has suffered mental health breakdowns since university and has let go of old ambitions. Now the couple take great delight in visiting cafes and shops.
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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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


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“I got sick on my nerves and they took my baby from me. I suffer because of my baby. Sometimes I cry because of her. I still take medication for my nerves – three times a day I drink the drugs for nerves that they give me.” 38 year old Miryama lives in the ‘Home for Mentally Ill Adults’, Ljeskovica, Croatia. She was prostituted by her mother beginning at age 14. At 20, her baby was taken from her and she has been in and out of institutions since. The institution where she lives has not gone through the process of deinstitutionalization.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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"When I moved into Inclusion I have a feeling that something positive was happening with my life. That I might have a job or education, I discovered that I might have hope," says Domagoj Tot, pictured here with his girlfriend Ana Molnar. Domagoj was in institutions all his life. He now lives at Residents of Inclusion Dunja Agriculture Economy in Karanac, Croatia.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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The ‘Home for the Insane’ in Cepin, Croatia. As part of a deinstitutionalization process led by Ladislav Lamza - Director of ‘Center for Providing Service in the Community - I am just like you,’ the institution in Cepin was closed in 2014. -
Home for the mentally disabled’ in Cepin. A deinstitutionalization process, unique to Croatia, led by Ladislav Lamza - Director of ‘Center for Providing Service in the Community - I am just like you,’ – allowed for the closure of ‘Home for the mentally disabled’ in Cepin in 2014. The closed center for people living with mental health problems, and some with intellectual disability, had 498 people go through it over the thirty years it was functioning. Photo Robin Hammond/NOOR for Witness Change. 10 November 2017.

It is 10 years since Croatia signed the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but only one of Croatia's 24 mental health institutions implements its spirit. "The government still wants people locked up, locked away. People with disabilities, whether mental health or physical, have rights. There are four reasons why inclusion is better than exclusion,” says Ladislav Lamza, director of 'Centre for People Like Us' in Osijek. “It’s better for a person, it’s better for the community, it’s legal, it’s cheaper.”
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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"I need to be free. The institution feels like a prison... I want to study, I want marriage, I want to buy a flat." 43 year-old Zlatko Ivancovic has been at 'Home for mentally ill adults' in Ljeskovica, Croatia, for 3 years. The institution he lives in has not made the change to independent living; he still lives inside its walls.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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"It's almost perfect here. The food is much better. There is no stealing," says Erna Muller, 75, of her new, independent life. Muller had spent 26 years in institutions before she moved into an apartment in Osijek in 2014.
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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 #mentalhealth 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. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


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