The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) established in 1992 that the World Mental Health Day would be marked annually on October 10. The aim of this initiative is to raise global awareness about mental health. 'Mental health in an unequal world' is this year's theme and highlights the inequalities that exist globally in terms of income, ethnicity, sexual orientation, lack of respect for human rights, all of which have an impact on mental health.

On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, we celebrate all those people who devote their time to integrating people with mental health disorders in society, by increasing their ability to self-represent and exercise their rights so that they can enjoy an independent life.

Estuar Foundation - Mental health needs EMPOWERMENT

The project responds to the need of increasing the capacity of people with mental health issues to address effectively the problems that affect them directly, by improving their self-representation skills in relation to political decision-makers at local and central level.

Estuar Foundation, together with Opportunity Associates Romania, have organized so far specialized training sessions in mental health in Cluj-Napoca, Ploiesti and Bucharest, with the aim of increasing the involvement of people with mental health problems in decision making by improving their self-representation skills.

Within the project, with the support of his colleagues, Dumitru Segărcenu, launched his first volume of poems called "Love, flowers and stars in my lyrics".

The project also aims to launch a self-representation model for people with mental health issues in order to change their attitudes and practices in relation to political decision makers at local and central level. Moreover, an advocacy campaign at national level will be implemented, with direct involvement of 40 people with mental health issues, in order to put on the public agenda the subject of their access to social and health services, with the aim of inclusion in the community.

The Center for Legal Resources - Free to Decide. Transition from guardianship to Supported Decision Making for persons with disabilities

Persons with mental disabilities are frequently denied legal capacity, by the measure of judicial interdiction. By developing and piloting four new models and tools (non-existent in Romania at the moment) for support in decision-making, the project team aims to increase the capacity of persons with mental disabilities, stroke and dementia to exercise their rights and to maximize their autonomy.

To support people with psychosocial disabilities in overcoming barriers to the exercise of their legal capacity or the equal right to decide, through the course „The right to decide – Course for piloting regional initiatives", pilot initiatives will be implemented in several regions of the country.

Project activities include:

  • Amendment of the legislation, in the sense of introducing the assisted decision, reviewing the conditions under which the measure of interdiction may be ordered, as well as reviewing the institution of guardianship.
  • Piloting Decision-Making Support Services in accordance with Articles 12 and 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Strategic litigation to lift the ban, prevent or sanction abuse, and facilitate access to independent living in the community and health care services.

Special Olympics Romania - LEADERS through SPORT – the Advocacy Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Under the slogan „I CAN!", the Special Olympics Romania Foundation in partnership with the Association of Support for the Establishment, Development and Management of Sports Structures (ASCDMSS) and in collaboration with Special Olympics Iceland implements activities that contribute to the inclusion of young people, in particular of those with intellectual disabilities.

Through the project, people with intellectual disabilities (PID) are trained in advocacy, leadership and self-representation techniques to form the Special Olympics Sports Leaders Committee, in order to approach local authorities, to request access to sports venues for trainings and public funds for organizing sports competitions.
Working together for an inclusive Europe!
The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021, aims to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. and creșterea capacității grupurilor vulnerabile.