We support women with mental health problems

Ana Fossatti
Posted February 17, 2016 from Argentina

Hello We are a NGO "Asociación Cooperadora del Hospital José A Esteves We are an NGO that supports the Public and specialized Mental Health Hospital José A. Esteves depending on MOH Buenos Aires Province. We provide women, with mental disorders, hospitalization and mental care benefits. Our institution has the main goal, based on professional and non professional personal, to help these women to reinsert as well as rehabilitate them into society. For this purpose, our institution has developed a rehabilitation program called P.R.E.A (Rehabilitation and outside hospitalization based in Mental Health) This program was landed for the first time in the year 2000 and has been working for 13 years for the benefit of our patients. Basically it was created with the intention of giving back these women some of the rights they have lost. Beside of being abandoned by society and their families, these women are over and over again neglected. They not only have to deal with a mental illness but to the fact of being averted from their social-affective environment, making it more difficult to be inserted in society again. Although some of the pathologies are permanent, it does not necessary mean the patient has to be hospitalized. That conventional psychiatric care fail to achieve the objectives consistent with community care, decentralized, participatory, integrated, continuous and preventive. The psychiatric hospital baulks the achievement of the above objectives by isolating the sick from their environment, generating greater social disability, creating unfavorable conditions that threaten human rights and civil rights of patients After 13 years of developing this program, we believe it that has became an effective tool against discrimination against women. To give some example at present P.R.E.A , works with 84 women, of which 64 are now rehabilitated and ten of them are currently living with their partners meanwhile others live in 15 houses rented for the purposes of the program. Most important is to mention that some of these women have been hospitalized 35 years and others have spent their entire lives in institutions until they leave through the program. From all patients rehabilitated by PREA, 51% had suffered several readmissions prior to their inclusion in the program, reaching in some cases up to 11 readmissions. After being rehabilitated with this program, only 9% of users required some hospitalization.

Remaining 91% have suffered some crisis situations having been assisted in their home until it stopped, avoiding the anxiety of returning to the psychiatric hospital. Our program has had a great impact on society including mass media. For your information we provide some linkshttp://www.conectate.gob.ar/educar-portal-video-web/module/detalleRecurs...

We have been included in the CIVICUS network of social organizations in the campaign you can be the changehttp://www.youcanbethechange.com/stories/womens-rights/fighting-for-wome...

Thanks for reading and please support our cause

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Emily Garcia
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Dear Ana,

Thank you for posting about the work of your organization, PREA. Protecting the rights of those with mental illness is very important work. I can't imagine how traumatizing it must be to be hospitalized for so many years. I imagine that bringing these women back into community is an incredibly healing process for them.

I tried to follow the You Can Be The Change link you posted, but it didn't work for me. Would you be able to re-post the link?

How long have you been working with this organization? I'm also curious what drew you to this work.

Thanks again for sharing and wishing you a wonderful week!

Emily

Ana Fossatti
Mar 30, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Emily

Thank you very much for your interest in our cause Indeed women with mental health problems are very discrminadas by our society, they are often abandoned by their families and depend on us to return to re integrate into society. We currently have 18 rented houses where more than 85 women live. They sons followed by our team of attendants, nurses psychologists and psychiatrists regularly I show two links where you can read a little more about what we do (they are in Spanish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkjz_mFHcWY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY45w19CwRM

Regards

Ana Maria Fossatti

Emily Garcia
Mar 30, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Thank you, Ana Maria!