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Showing face and giving courage:
A we is stronger than a me!
Showing face and giving courage: this is precisely the central concern to which we have dedicated ourselves. Even before mental health was on everyone’s lips, we were bringing the issue of stigmatization of mentally ill people into the public eye. We enable those affected and their relatives to show their faces. We show people in their entirety and give them a voice. These people show incredible courage and encourage those who cannot (yet) talk about their illnesses.
At the same time, we thereby sensitize the public in dealing with mentally ill people and their perception in society. We courage people stand for the values of diversity, respect and acceptance and we stand for a strong self-help!
We inform about mental illness, educate and sensitize for the topic. We want to encourage people to make use of professional help and offers.
Especially in acute crisis situations it can be difficult to get help promptly. Waiting times for therapy places are long and branches are scarce. If it is then difficult to talk about psychological stress and challenges in one’s own environment, because there is still enough prejudice and fear, in the worst case the person is left alone and to his or her own devices. We at Mutmachleute e.V. want to bring about a change.
However, anti-stigma work and prevention and support services do not reach all people in the digital space.
#Mutmachleuteontour: Self-help and anti-stigma tour with traveling exhibition
On the tour through Germany, we will go public with a diverse program – for strong self-help and the destigmatization of mental illness.
After all, what is the most direct and sustainable way to destigmatize mental illness? How can we reach people directly with our encouraging message? By talking to each other, exchanging ideas – at eye level, from person to person. By affected people and their relatives openly showing their faces and talking about their illnesses. And also by asking those who are not affected their questions, in order to understand their perspectives.
We create encounters from person to person. In an impressive way, our traveling exhibition will also show people affected by mental illnesses on large-format displays, who encourage people with their stories – always at eye level with the viewers – and who make a strong case for self-help.
It only works in cooperation – in a real dialog.
We are convinced – and this is also our message:
A society must also be measured by how much diversity and participation it allows for all those who may not be able to stand up for their interests and express their needs.
With our campaign “Selbsthilfe zeigt Gesicht” (Self-help shows its face), we want to make many people aware of the importance of self-help and provide comprehensive information. We want to encourage people to get to know and make use of local services. We offer local self-help groups and organizations the opportunity to introduce themselves directly to visitors.
We would like to talk personally with regional contact persons on site (self-help groups, organizations and contact points, other important contact points) in order to exchange experiences in the sense of networking, in order to make offers more visible for those affected and their relatives.
Because we are convinced that self-help makes you strong.
We also come to your area.
On our homepage we regularly inform you about upcoming events and activities during our tour. We are very happy to receive suggestions and requests for locations as well as contact information for local contacts. And: We are looking forward to many beautiful and encouraging encounters!
If you would like us to come to your area, just send us an email. We will be in touch!
Current press releases about the events can be found on our press page.