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OZARA 2013, Slovenia


OZARA Slovenia, as every other years, will be very active in the year 2013.

In addition to regular activities and a number of international projects on which we work and cooperate, we will organize some interesting activities in the coming months whose aim is to raise public awareness about mental disorders and associated difficulties.

Next week¬†we will officially¬†present the¬†new book¬†for¬†children who¬†have suffered¬†the greatest possible¬†loss¬†- death of¬†a¬†parent.¬†This special and¬†precious¬†book¬†was written by¬†renowned¬†Danish¬†clinical psychologist¬†dr.¬†Christof¬†Lehmann,¬†while the¬†beautiful¬†illustrations¬†was¬†created¬†by¬†a¬†promising¬†Slovenian¬†illustrator and¬†designer¬†Maja¬†ńĆuk.¬†A book that¬†talks about¬†a little¬†rabbit¬†and¬†his family,¬†who¬†have to¬†adapt¬†to a difficult¬†new situation after the death of¬†the¬†father¬†rabbit. It¬†will also be presented on¬†a national¬†television¬†show ‚ÄúAn hour with Bernarda‚ÄĚ and¬†during the¬†midnight¬†program¬†on our national radio.

In February,¬†we will take an active part in preparation¬†of the special¬†talk show¬†‚ÄúMidnight¬†Club‚ÄĚ,¬†which is¬†on program¬†every Friday night¬†on the¬†Slovenian¬†national¬†television. The show will be dedicated to those¬†who suffer from¬†schizophrenia and¬†their¬†family members. The representative of¬†our organization¬†and¬†recognised experts in the¬†field of mental health,¬†involved¬†in the process of¬†treatment and rehabilitation¬†of people with mental health problems, will also be contributors to a discussion.

In¬†short,¬†but no later than¬†at the beginning of¬†March, we are going to publish the first Slovenian graphic novel about suicide ‚ÄúSwing‚ÄĚ,¬†specifically¬†intended for¬†youngsters. The book, written and illustrated by ŇĹiga Valetińć and GaŇ°per Rus, will be issued in collaboration with one of the oldest and most important Slovenian publishing house Celjska Mohorjeva.¬†Together with the¬†advertising¬†house¬†TAM¬†TAM,¬†Ozara¬†will prepare¬†a special¬†all-Slovene¬†poster¬†campaign.¬†On¬†more¬†than 100¬†large-format posters,¬†they¬†will be¬†hung on¬†poster sites¬†in 16¬†Slovenian cities. We will also be using the¬†drawings¬†from the¬†graphic¬†novel¬†"Swing"¬†to¬†draw the attention to the too large¬†number of deaths¬†due to suicide in Slovenia.

In addition, we are in the midst of discussion about organising our traditional 

running events "I'm running for Mental Health," which will be held in July. We are already planning to organise national campaigns on World Mental Health Day 2013 

and¬†World¬†Suicide Prevention¬†Day¬†2013. On¬†the same day¬†(10th¬†of September 2013),¬†we would like¬†to present the¬†Slovenian¬†translation of the prof.¬†Diego¬†De¬†Leo‚Äôs¬†book¬†‚ÄúTurning Point‚ÄĚ,¬†which¬†will be published in¬†cooperation with the¬†publishing house¬†of the University of Primorska.

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