Onedayinmyworld@onedayinmyworld

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

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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 (turn on the audio to hear his voice) 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 independently, but still receives support from 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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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. Photo by @hammond_robin 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

Osijek
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'It’s no wonder I got in a fight with Damir. Every night there were fights. We were fighting because it was like we were in a prison.' 57 year old Ivica Vojtulek lived for 10 years inside Cepin Home for Adults with Mental Health Problems. Now he lives in an apartment in the Croatian city of Osijek as part of the deinstitutionalization program.
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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

Osijek
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'These positive examples demonstrate that with the support and commitment of policy makers, reform is indeed possible.' In 2013, two more residential institutions, the Centre for Rehabilitation Ozalj and the Home for Mentally Ill People Osijek, with the support of the Open Society Foundations, took significant steps in developing community based alternatives. This has resulted in these institutions’ successful transformations, with the complete closure of all residential beds, in 2016.
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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

Osijek
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“With whomever I talked, when they asked me where I was living, I told them: At the institution for mentally ill adult persons. My answer prompted great prejudice in some people, because they believed us to be difficult psychiatric cases.” Turn on audio to hear Darko speak. 53 year old Darko Kovacic has been institutionalized for his mental health condition since the age of 11. The institution has now been renamed the ‘Centre for People Like Us’ and most of the former residents now live independently with support from the center.
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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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“In an institution there is no possibility of recovery because there is no freedom.” Ruzica Vidakovic (left) met her husband Zoran Stih (right) when they were living in ‘Center For Providing Services In The Community’. Zoran suffered PTSD from the civil war and Ruzica had a “nervous breakdown” caused by her violent first husband. When they lived in the institution they couldn’t be together; it was against the rules. Now they live independently in an apartment in the city. “Before I met her I was on the bottom rung of life. Now that I’ve met her, I’m on the top of life.”
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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

Osijek, Koprivničko-Križevačka, Croatia
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"I realized if we put them in human conditions they become more human. It’s very easy: if you put people in inhuman conditions, in confined conditions, they become less human." Ladislav Lamza, the Director of "Center For Providing Services In The Community," hugs Luka, one of the beneficiaries who has moved out of the institution. Ladislav is responsible for the changes at the Center which have allowed the beneficiaries to leave the institution and live, with support, in the city.
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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 thought I would end my life by hanging myself from those pipes. I spent so many years here - I thought I'd never get out." Drazenko Tevelli (left) with his girlfriend Branka Reljan (right), former residents of ‘Home for the Insane.’ They met while both institutionalized at the ‘Home for the Insane’ before its doors were closed and the beneficiaries were moved into the community. Since that time, they have flourished. Branka said “I was in prison before. Now I love to make apple pies 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.”
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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

Osijek, Koprivničko-Križevačka, Croatia
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New work from @onedayinmyworld! Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. Only in liberty can one find true healing, peace and love.
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Explore the new story from @witness_change on the heroic efforts of one institution in Croatia trying to make the lives of people with mental health issues better - published today on our website (link in our profile).
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The Croatian government, in contradiction of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, is actively trying to thwart the heroic efforts of the institution and its remarkable director to free people with mental health conditions. Please share this story to let them know that locking away people for life because of they have an illness is inhumane and must stop. Photo by @hammond_robin
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#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealthconditions 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. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld

Osijek, Koprivničko-Križevačka, Croatia
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"They don’t deserve it if we look at it from a humane perspective, but because of the limited resources of the country they’re forced to live in the harsh condition of the prison because of that; they do not deserve to suffer either," say Marafoto Prison wardens Randriamalala Hajanirina (left) and Andriamampiadana Rajaobely (right).
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Too often it is the poorest, least educated, and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. When they are denied access to the basic necessities of life, which most of us take for granted, they are at greater risk of developing mental health issues. In Madagascar, many prisons lack adequate food, sanitation, proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. In such conditions, inmates who have never experienced mental health issues can become depressed, anxious, and/or traumatised. Prisoners around the world are known to have much higher incidence of mental health conditions. Overcrowded and high-stress environments often contribute to their conditions worsening.
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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 end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. Mental health issues affect 1 out of every 4 of us, however these stories are rarely heard. If you are living with a mental health condition or care for someone with a mental health issue, share your story and help end the stigma surrounding mental health.


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"There is limited space. There is no place for children to play if they want to play; space is crowded/limited, neighbors don’t allow children to play. There is no other place for them to play except in the crowded neighborhood; there are no gyms or clubs to go to for children to play, and the neighbors don’t allow them to," says Dania Attieh Dahwich, 30, a kindergarten teacher at Borj el Shamali refugee camp in Somoud, Lebanon.
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Since 1948, displaced Palestinians have lived in refugee camps in Lebanon. Today, nearly half a million people live in these camps where poverty and overcrowding is rampant. The prevalence of mental health conditions in such environments are extremely high. Some of the camps lack essential services, such as schools and healthcare facilities, which exacerbates problems. The trauma of living through war and the heavily militarized environment contributes to a disabling environment that can worsen or even cause mental health issues especially amongst children.
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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 end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. Mental health issues affect 1 out of every 4 of us, however these stories are rarely heard. If you are living with a mental health condition or care for someone with a mental health issue, share your story and help end the stigma surrounding mental health.


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"In general, it is not so much their stay in here that really affects their mental health, but they may already have had some mental problem before coming in here and their stay in prison kind of perpetuates that mental condition of theirs, says Randrianantoanina, the CE (prison manager) of Mahajanga prison, Madagascar. "Nevertheless, what should go alongside their mental illness is their education…the sort of education that we understand as preparation for social reintegration… that’s the reason for the creation of this preparation for social reintegration programme, preparing their minds in spite the shock they feel in coming in here, preparing their minds to return into a new society and to recover their personality." -
Too often it is the poorest, least educated, and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. When they are denied access to the basic necessities of life, which most of us take for granted, they are at greater risk of developing mental health issues. In Madagascar, many prisons lack adequate food, sanitation, proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. In such conditions, inmates who have never experienced mental health issues can become depressed, anxious, and/or traumatised. Prisoners around the world are known to have much higher incidence of mental health conditions. Overcrowded and high-stress environments often contribute to their conditions worsening.
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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 end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. Mental health issues affect 1 out of every 4 of us, however these stories are rarely heard. If you are living with a mental health condition or care for someone with a mental health issue, share your story and help end the stigma surrounding mental health.


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"I feel helpless being locked up in here because my future is destroyed." Denaka Arson, 60, was a farmer with eight children when a project came to his village and cleared his crops off the land, leaving him with no income. He turned to fishing in a nearby lake but as fishing was prohibited, he was sentenced to five years in prison. He is one of 650 inmates at Marofoto Prison in Madagascar. The prison was built to hold 350.
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Too often it is the poorest, least educated, and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. When they are denied access to the basic necessities of life, which most of us take for granted, they are at greater risk of developing mental health issues. In Madagascar, many prisons lack adequate food, sanitation, proper medical care, and provide few rehabilitative programmes, educational or vocational opportunities. In such conditions, inmates who have never experienced mental health issues can become depressed, anxious, and/or traumatised. Prisoners around the world are known to have much higher incidence of mental health conditions. Overcrowded and high-stress environments often contribute to their conditions worsening.
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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 end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. Mental health issues affect 1 out of every 4 of us, however these stories are rarely heard. If you are living with a mental health condition or care for someone with a mental health issue, share your story and help end the stigma surrounding mental health.


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