"THE DIFFERENT ONES?" VI ALL-RUSSIA FESTIVAL OF MENTAL HEALTH PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAMS
The FESTIVAL OF REHABILITATION PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS is an annual project of the Union for Mental Health of Russia aimed at improving the health and quality of life of people suffering from mental disorders through the development of the system of rehabilitation services, as well as community-oriented psychiatric care and social protection.
The IV All-Russian Festival of Rehabilitation Programs for People with Mental Health Needs traditionally took place on the eve of the World Mental Health Day with the participation of specialists in the field of mental health, representing state authorities, non-profit organizations, medical institutions (psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric departments, psycho-neurological dispensaries), social protection institutions (rehabilitation centers), educational and scientific institutions,culture and arts, physical culture and sports, the media, as well as people with mental health special needs and their families, volunteers from 21 regions of Russia.
Participants of the II Congress “Mental Health of the 21st Century Man” had the opportunity to take part in 36 master classes held by specialists from Moscow, St.Petersburg, Tula, Tver, Ivanovo, Vologda and Murmansk regions under the Fair of Arts & Crafts For and With People with Mental Health Needs , as well as see a concert program performed by inclusive creative collectives.
On October 7, a symposium “Psychosocial rehabilitation and habilitation in Russia” was held. The presented rehabilitation practices showed a wide range of opportunities that can be used in a single treatment and rehabilitation process, including: creative and educational programs, programs for vocational guidance and supported employment, followed by living, environment therapy, psycho-education and more. The best rehabilitation practices are included in the Festival Book.
A special place in the program of the Festival was taken by the Exhibition of Art by Outsiders and the Art-Therapeutic Expression “New Dimension”, organized by the non-for-profit organization “Outsiderville” and the “Others” arts collection. This project has been implemented since 2015, when the first Festival was held in Khimki, Moscow Region. Over four years, the Exhibition has grown not only in terms of the number of submitted works, but also the increased level of authors' skill. The exposition was presented in two directions: the outsider-art and the art-therapy - related communicating vessels with different fillings of emotions and expectations. This created a space for lively discussions. The Union for Mental Health of Russia expresses gratitude and appreciation to OLGA FOMINYKH and NINA LUCHINKINA (“Outsiderville”), VLADIMIR GAVRILOV (“OTHERS” collection, “Izoterra” club), the organizers of the Exhibition.