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Health & Mental Health  -  Cure & Care  -  Rehabilitation

 promoting accessibility - improving e-quality - reinforcing net-working

Study Visits  &  Exchanges in Ljubljana  18-19-20-21  April  
Responsible partner  -    Association   Š E N T


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Stigma in mental disorders: What is psychiatry able to do ?

Prof. Vesna Švab  Free article - full PDF full text provider logo


The problem of stigma in mental health in connected to the problem of human rights. Mental health professionals, psychiatrists included, display stigmatization of people with mental disorders mostly through social distance, even though they have "politically correct" opinions about their patients.

Negative beliefs and attitudes in psychiatric profession should be opposed because of their important influence on public opinion, opinion of patients' themselves and of their family members.

The "disabling environment" formed through discriminative practices in all society levels can be improved through mental health policy documents and plans that involve clear human rights protection premises, resource allocation and development priorities in line with international standards.

Slovenia invests at least 80% of mental health budget in psychiatric hospitals and social care institutions, which employ 90% of psychiatrists.

Redirection of these resources to local level, together with reallocation of human resources, should improve attitudes of mental health workers towards people with mental problems, because of timely, effective and needs-led approach that enables recovery.


  P R O G R A M


TUE  18  Apr   

Arrival of participants in  Hotel    (N.B.: paid by each participant himself / herself)

18:00 - 19:30


Venue:  Belokranjska ulica 2 - Conference room

Welcome and introduction general info

  • Welcome  by  ŠENT Executive Director ,  

  • Introduction of  2nd phase by  president of SMES-Europa

  • Briefing  of  Agenda  by  Šent local  coordinator     

  • Q & A


 from 19:30

Free evening

WED  19  Apr












Leaving Ljubljana


Visit and presentation of housing groups for young people


Visit of the Day Center program for people wiwith mental health difficulties and chat with program participants


Visit and presentation fo the homeless shelter


Visit to the:

- Day center for illegal drug users Nova Gorica

- Mobile team for illegal drug users


Lunch at the Belvin restaurant, Plešivo- Goriška Brda


Return to Ljubljana


Evaluation at Belokranjska ulica 2 Kralji Ulice
Summary of the day’s study visits moderated
by Luigi Leonori and
Ides Nicaise


Joint dinner

THU 20  Apr


















Meeting at Belokranjska Ulica 2


Short visit of day center (Sara Dimnik)


Housing for people with mental health (Kristina Voda Makovec)


Coffee  break


Šentprima vocational rehabilitation presentation (Jana Ponikvar)


Visit to Šentprima


Presentation of Kralji ulice (Association for help and self-help of homeless people Kings of the Street)


Lunch at Druga Violina



Seminar with representatives of EU Partners, NGOs, administrators and workers of local visited associations, and Slovenian decision makers Exchange & discussion   -   Synthsis  -   Conclusions....


Summary of the day’s study visits moderated
by Luigi Leonori and
Ides Nicaise


Joint dinner at the restaurant

FRI 21  April



Synthesis and proposals for the next month webinar


Check-out and departure



Health & Mental Health Services


In Ljubljana: 18 -  19 - 20 - 21 April 2023



Association  -  Services

Mission  -   Guests


ŠENT Housing group-Nova Gorica
Bidovčeva 4, 5000 Nova Gorica Edina Cvetko-Kovač
Tel.: 030 601 750


Housing groups are intended for adults who, due to occasional or long-term hardships and mental health problems, need professional help and support to live independently in the community because they do not have a suitable living environment and an adequate social network.

Day center for people with mental health difficulties Margerita Humar Tel.: 05/ 330 96 00 / 030 486 210

In the day center, we offer individuals opportunities to improve the social skills they need on a daily basis. By offering information and advice, we open up new ways of solving problems. We encourage self-activity, taking personal responsibility and self-help. We inform the general public about mental illnesses and about innovations in dealing with their consequences. We try to reduce these consequences by timely notification.

Shelter for the homeless Vesna Lipušček,
Tel: 031 371 992




 The Nova Gorica Shelter for the Homeless is nonprofit shelter that creates solutions to homelessness through unrelenting empathy and collaboration, by leveraging resources to effect as many permanent exits from homelessness as possible


Day center for illegal drug users Nova Gorica




Mobile team for illegal drug users Sedejeva 9A, 5000 Nova Gorica Tel.: 05/ 33 09 603,

GSM: 031 607 245


Drug harm reduction programs are aimed at everyone who comes into contact with drugs in various ways. They include low-threshold treatment of illicit drug users and are aimed at reducing social and health harm caused by drugs.


Our work is guided by respect for individual autonomy and the right to make independent decisions about one's life. Inclusion in the program is not conditional on abstinence. We adhere to the cooperation agreement with certain rules (prohibition of verbal and physical aggression; prohibition of importation, sale and use of illicit drugs; respect for individual privacy /anonymity/ and respect for house rules).


 ŠENT Prima vocational rehabilitation

Director: M.Sc. Jana Ponikvar Address: Železna cesta 14, 1000 Ljubljana Locations: Ljubljana, Kočevje, Koper, Postojna, Sežana, Ilirska Bistrica Phone: (01) 53 00 714 Email: 


-   employment rehabilitation and supportive

-   consulting, information and education in
    the areas of:

• training and employment of vulnerable groups,

• mental health,

• social entrepreneurship,

• diverse employment,





Recommendations for the best exchanges :

Ř Listen carefully : for this reason we urge to start the exchange not at the entrance but comfortably in a room after having introduced yourself.

Ř The correlation and collaboration  with other areas (pillars)
 it's  very important  :

    1. Social Assistance,   

    2. Health and  Mental Health

    3. Home – Housing   

    4. Empowerment and  participation, is  very  important  

Ř Write down the  main elements of the exchange, which will be repeated at the mini-seminar and webinar