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Training program for handling schizophrenia crisis in domiciliary environments through the use of strategies alternative to coersion

 

Project duration

November 2019 – November 2021

Donor

Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Project goal

More than 21 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Treatments with medication and psychosocial support are usually used and considered effective. However, more than 50% of persons with schizophrenia do not receive appropriate care, according to WHO. 4 forms of coercive interventions have been usually used for handling crisis in cases of schizophrenia: Seclusion; Mechanical Restraint; Physical Restraint; Involuntary Medication Administering/Chemical Restraint. According to existing policies, regulations and trends, the use of coercive measures is currently being reduced at mental health settings internationally. However, the question remains – what happens in domiciliary environments..? This project has been launched with the main objective of increasing competences (attitudes, knowledge, and skills) of persons experiencing schizophrenia, their relatives/carers and mental health professionals. It aims to explore the potential ways for handling schizophrenia related crisis in domiciliary environments through the use of strategies alternative to coercion.

Expected results

 - A Methodological Guide will be developed with direct participation of persons with lived experience, with the main objective of determining the key contents, methodologies and tools needed for creating and improving critical competences of persons with schizophrenia, relatives/carers and mental health professionals about how to handle schizophrenia related crisis in domiciliary environments through the use of strategies alternative to coercion.

 - Training materials addressed to persons with schizophrenia, relatives/carers and mental health specialists about how to handle schizophrenia related crisis in domiciliary environments through the use of strategies alternative to coercion.

· - Designing experiential training activities. These will be the core of the training program and enhance the practical and experiential training of persons with schizophrenia, relatives/carers and mental health specialists, including the optimal and oriented exploitation of aforementioned training materials within real environments. The designed experiential training activities will be specifically addressed to trainers, including guidelines for its implementation and conducting and effectively using the training materials.

 - Developing of an e-training platform for supporting of implementation of the training methodology, including training materials, online activities, workspace.

 - Implementation of multiplier events on how to handle schizophrenia related crisis in domiciliary environments through the use of strategies alternative to coercion.

Project partners

Fundación FSASM – La Fundación CV Santos Andrés, Santiago y Miguel (Spain)

ŠENT – Slovensko združenje za duševno zdravje (Slovenia)

ESTUAR – Activitate in Domeniul Sanatatii Mintale  (Romania)

IED – Institute of Entrepreneurship Development  (Greece)

EDRA-COOP – Κοινωνικές Συνεταιριστικές Δραστηριότητες Ευπαθών Ομάδων (Greece)

Heaolu ja Taastumise Kool  (Estonia)

 

Project budget: 243 025 EUR (Mental Health Perspectives budget in the project: 26 285 EUR)

 

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