The Frantz Fanon Center in Turin offers revolutionary, compassionate care to refugees and victims of torture and human trafficking
Refugee mental health is a critical issue around the world. At the Frantz Fanon Center in Turin, Italy, with the help of a small grant from Open Excellence, French film maker Joris Lachaise will document “effective ways of assisting migrants, refugees and victims of torture and human trafficking who are from former European colonies in Africa and Latin America, and who are seeking mental health support in Italy at Frantz Fanon Center. The short film will depict the ‘critical dynamic ethnopsychiatry’ approach of the Frantz Fanon Center: a decolonized approach, aware of epistemic and diagnostic racism that characterize psychiatry and old ethnopsychiatry.”
In the coming weeks, thanks to the commitment and generosity of our donors, Open Excellence will announce further recipients of several competitive microgrants targeting our five priority areas for 2021: COVID-19 relief to providers of peer or voluntary mental health services; decolonizing, racism and inequality in mental health diagnosis and care; industry influence in mental health; the social determinants of mental health; and advocacy and human rights. Though small, these grants will support critical infrastructure at peer service organizations, document and share innovations in care and support early career and peer researchers. (Grant applications are currently accepted by invitation only.)
The work of Frantz Fanon Center founder Roberto Beneduce and his colleagues has roots in the life and work of World War Two veteran and celebrated Martiniquan psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. Dr. Fanon’s writing has inspired racial justice leaders around the world and the emerging field of critical ethnopsychiatry.
The care at Frantz Fanon Center in Turin “blends and changes practices and models according to social, political and cultural change, as well as to institutional constraints. The aim of the approach is to plan and carry out appropriate therapeutic and rehabilitation interventions within the community and with community and family members, while reducing the risk of medicalization, drug over-prescription, and diagnostic biases as well as other risks. Our work is influenced by dialogical and systemic approaches to psychotherapy, and informed by the regulatory and legal risks experienced by victims of structural violence, by the clinical risks for individuals from non Western/ biomedical perspectives.”
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