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Project „Yellow Ribbon”

On the first day of Mental Health Congress, i.e. on 8 May 2017, in all major cities of Poland, optionally also in smaller ones, yellow ribbons are to be distributed in the vicinity of state government offices. The ribbons symbolise solidarity with the idea of National Mental Health Protection Programme [NPOZP] implementation. We wholeheartedly encourage participants of Occupational Therapy Workshops [WTZ] to make ribbons according to the pattern on the picture and volunteers to distribute them.

The project coordinator in Krakow is Katarzyna Leśniewska-Treywasz from the Cogito Academy of Leaders.

Projects carried out by the Patients’ Association „Open the Doors”, which members of the Cogito Academy of Leaders also belong to:

  1. Through education to acceptance; Implementation Dates: 8th April – 31st May 2008; Activities: 8 trainings from the scope of social economy, along wtih evaluation; For whom: students; Number of the recipients of tranings: 164; Subsidy granted: 5,000 PLN; Financing Entity: Fundation „Co-operation Fund”
  2. „From illness history to life story; Implementation Dates: 19th July –20th November 2008; Activities: two-day excursion to Szczawnica for the Patients’ Association „Open the Doors”, 5 going-away trainings; For whom: people after mental crises, therapists; Number of the recipients of tranings: 92; Subsidy granted: 4,700 PLN; Financing Entity: Provincial Governor of the Malopolskie Province
  3. To leave the harbour; Implementation Dates: 1st April – 30th November 2009; Activities: 6 going-away trainings, three-day excursion to Szczawnica for the members of the Patients’ Association „Open the Doors”; For whom: people after mental crises, therapists, representatives of local authorties, clergymen, employers; Number of the recipients of tranings: 121; Subsidy granted: 7,000 PLN; Financing Entity: Provincial Governor of Malopolskie Province
  4. How to teach Others about us?”; Implementation Dates: 1stJuly – 31st December 2009; Activities: 6 internal trainings for the members of the Patients’ Association „Open the Doors”; For whom: members of the Patients’ Association „Open the Doors”; Number of the recipients of trainings: 12; Subsidy granted: 10,000 PL; Financing Entity: Funds from the National Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Fund of the Krakow Borough
  5. „Dla Nas Magazine – a complex and unconventional method of social and professional rehabilitation of people with mental illnesses; Implementation Dates: 2 September  10 December 2009; Activities: preparation and publication of 3 volumes of the Dla Nas Magazine; Place of Implementation: the Association’s Premises; For whom: members of the Magazine Editorial Team
  6. We need to give testimony. Recovery and Empowerment of the mentally ill in the East-South Poland; Implementation Dates: 1stJanuary – 31st December 2010; Activities: 12 going-away trainings, 3 excursions for the members of the Patients’ Association „Open the Doors”; For whom: persons after mental crises, therapists, representatives of local authorities, clergymen; Number of recipients: 403; Subsidy granted: 138,300 PLN; Financing Entity: Non-Governmental Organisations Fund
  7. „Dla Nas Publishing Increase of Accessibility of the disabled persons to professional and social rehabilitation; Implementation Dates: 2nd November 2011  23rd December 2011; Activities: preparation and publishing of 3 volumes of the Dla Nas Magazine; Place of implementation: the Association’s Premises; For whom: members of the Magazine’s Editorial Team, mentally ill persons, families, professionals
  8. Raising social activity and awareness in the area of psychiatry; Implementation Dates: 1st June 2012  30th September 2013; Activities: preparation and publication of 4 volumes of the Dla Nas Magazine, trainings, organisation of Community Psychiatry Forum and Solidarity Days; Number of Recipients: 400; Subsidy granted: 132,554 PLN; Financing Entity: Civic Initiative Fund
  9. Fighting social exlusion of the mentally ill; Implementation Dates: 1stSeptember 2014  30th September 2015; Activities: know-how in leading focus groups, 10 research-educational meetings, production and dispatch of the report with recommendations for decision-makers; Number of Recipients: 120; Subsidy granted: 70,000 PLN; Financing Entity: Programme Citizens for Democracy from the Funds of the European Economic Area
  10. Stricking up Polish-Norwegian co-operation;Implementation Dates: 1stJanuary 2015  30th June 2015; Activities: visit of 5 persons from Poland to the Norwegian Organisation ALF, visit of 5 representatives of Norwegian Organisation to Poland, experience sharing, a chapter to the report on needs of persons suffering from mental illnesses; Number of Recipients: 10; Subsidy granted: 28,100 PLN; Financing Entity: Programme Citizens for Democracy from the Funds of the European Economic Area
  11. „CogitoExpert; Implementation Dates: 1st February 2015  31st August 2015; Acitivites: works of Expert Group on creation of the programme, double social consultation of the created programme, pilot run of the programme with the first 10 persons; Number of Recipients: 80; Subsidy granted: 70,000 PLN; Financing Entity: Programme Citizens for Democracy from the Funds of the European Economic Area

End report from the Expert Cogito project [in Polish]: Attachment PDF

End Report from the grant: „Fighting social exclusion of the mentally ill persons” [in Polish]: Attachment PDF


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