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in their own particular way, want to break the chains of stigma
that today still characterize societies' perception on mental
People, organizations or projects all over the world that have
made an exceptional contribution in dealing with, or promoting the
attention for, mental healthcare are eligible to receive the Dr. Guislain Award. The
intention of this international prize is to reward initiatives that
approach people suffering from a mental illness as cultural,
creative and social beings.
It is aimed at social and/or cultural initiatives that deal with
mental healthcare in a scientific, clear and dynamic
Initiatives that promote the creativity of those suffering from
mental illness, including the prevention of social exclusion by
questioning the boundary between normal and abnormal behavior in
its social context. This concerns initiatives which emphasize the
dignity of sufferers in a passionate, creative and innovative
In other words, initiatives that focus on the abilities rather
than on the shortcomings of the mentally ill.