Heart Forward Conversations from the Heart

A Global Call to Action: pay attention to what is happening in Trieste right now. A conversation with Dr. Roberto Mezzina

June 21, 2021 Season 2 Episode 7
Heart Forward Conversations from the Heart
A Global Call to Action: pay attention to what is happening in Trieste right now. A conversation with Dr. Roberto Mezzina
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Heart Forward Conversations from the Heart
A Global Call to Action: pay attention to what is happening in Trieste right now. A conversation with Dr. Roberto Mezzina
Jun 21, 2021 Season 2 Episode 7

In May 2021, five former directors of the regional mental health departments in Friuli Venezia Giulia  issued a letter to sound the alarm that “the Trieste mental health model is under threat.”   That letter was translated into multiple languages, and started the chain of events that are unfolding with respect to raising awareness and voices to advocate for protection of a system that inspires the world.

 Dr. Roberto Mezzina, who headed the Dipartimento di Salute Mentale (DSM)  in Trieste until his retirement in late 2019, helps us to make sense of these fast moving events in the region.     In less than two months, much has been accomplished – the “sleeping giant” of global support for this model is waking up.  From petitions in multiple languages, to media attention, to the rallying of services users and their families,  actions taken to weaken or dismantle this system will not occur without the whole world watching.

 Dr. Mezzina provides some historical context about Law 180 – “Basaglia’s Law” – and its evolution in Italy.  He also describes the current changes in the political climate that impacts the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, where Trieste is located.  He encourages us to pay attention and to sign the petition. Thought it is a simple gesture – it matters – and most appreciated are the supportive comments that you can offer which help to keep them motivated in their advocacy.

 Here are some recent articles for context:

6.22.21  Article in The Independent

‘An unfolding nightmare’: Trieste’s pioneering mental health system under threat, say campaigners | The Independent

6.21.21  Article in British Medical Journal

Trieste’s mental healthcare model is under threat, claim supporters of the community based approach | The BMJ

6.15.21  Editorial in Domani  (article is easily translated online)

Italian:  Basaglia è il fantasma di Trieste, ma non la sua realtà (editorialedomani.it)  (Basaglia is the ghost of Trieste, but not its reality)

6.11.21 Article in Il Manifesto  (article is easily translated online) 

Italian:  Trieste, il concorso che tradisce Basaglia | il manifesto  (Trieste, the contest that betrays Basaglia)

 Here is a link to the petition: Petition · International Mental Health Collaborating Network: SAVE TRIESTE'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM · Change.org

 Here is a link to my blog:  We are all Friends of Trieste: Your help needed to save mental health system [Update as of 6.22.21] – Accoglienza: lessons for America

 Guest:  Dr. Roberto Mezzina, International School Franca and Franco Basaglia: Vice Chair European Federation for Mental Health; former director of the WHO Collaborating Centre, DSM, Trieste Italy.


Show Notes

In May 2021, five former directors of the regional mental health departments in Friuli Venezia Giulia  issued a letter to sound the alarm that “the Trieste mental health model is under threat.”   That letter was translated into multiple languages, and started the chain of events that are unfolding with respect to raising awareness and voices to advocate for protection of a system that inspires the world.

 Dr. Roberto Mezzina, who headed the Dipartimento di Salute Mentale (DSM)  in Trieste until his retirement in late 2019, helps us to make sense of these fast moving events in the region.     In less than two months, much has been accomplished – the “sleeping giant” of global support for this model is waking up.  From petitions in multiple languages, to media attention, to the rallying of services users and their families,  actions taken to weaken or dismantle this system will not occur without the whole world watching.

 Dr. Mezzina provides some historical context about Law 180 – “Basaglia’s Law” – and its evolution in Italy.  He also describes the current changes in the political climate that impacts the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, where Trieste is located.  He encourages us to pay attention and to sign the petition. Thought it is a simple gesture – it matters – and most appreciated are the supportive comments that you can offer which help to keep them motivated in their advocacy.

 Here are some recent articles for context:

6.22.21  Article in The Independent

‘An unfolding nightmare’: Trieste’s pioneering mental health system under threat, say campaigners | The Independent

6.21.21  Article in British Medical Journal

Trieste’s mental healthcare model is under threat, claim supporters of the community based approach | The BMJ

6.15.21  Editorial in Domani  (article is easily translated online)

Italian:  Basaglia è il fantasma di Trieste, ma non la sua realtà (editorialedomani.it)  (Basaglia is the ghost of Trieste, but not its reality)

6.11.21 Article in Il Manifesto  (article is easily translated online) 

Italian:  Trieste, il concorso che tradisce Basaglia | il manifesto  (Trieste, the contest that betrays Basaglia)

 Here is a link to the petition: Petition · International Mental Health Collaborating Network: SAVE TRIESTE'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM · Change.org

 Here is a link to my blog:  We are all Friends of Trieste: Your help needed to save mental health system [Update as of 6.22.21] – Accoglienza: lessons for America

 Guest:  Dr. Roberto Mezzina, International School Franca and Franco Basaglia: Vice Chair European Federation for Mental Health; former director of the WHO Collaborating Centre, DSM, Trieste Italy.