At the 2nd International Transdisciplinary Symposium on Bioethics and Aporia of Psyche which is organized by “Scientific Center of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics” – Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, one of our researchers, Jelena Seferović will participate with a presentation.

The purpose of the symposium is to link different interdisciplinary corpuses of knowledge about the community relationship to the mental health. One of the perspective from which this issue will be considered will also be historic, so Jelena Seferović will held the presentation about the policy of taking care of a members of vulnerable groups in social welfare institutions in the city of Zagreb, which inclouds also means people with mental disorders, in the in the period of socialism in Yugoslavia.

 

HISTORY OF FOUNDATION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE “ADULT SHELTER

OF NATIONAL COMMITEE OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB”

The presentation brings a historical review of the activities of the “Adult Shelter of NC of the City of Zagreb” since its foundation, from 1953 to 1978, when its second branch office started in Mirkovec. The focus is on consideration of the policy of taking care of a members of vulnerable groups in social welfare institutions in the city of Zagreb. This also means people with mental disorders. In addition, the presentation seeks to illuminate the beginnings of the long-term care of the latter population in the homes for mentally ill adults, today’s homes for adults. In connection with this, their social stigmatization and tendency of placement into spatially segregated objects are discussed. From the outcome of the research, it was clear that the current strategies of social protection and mental health protection, despite the then-advocated idea of ​​equality between social categories, were actually oriented towards the protection of the majority of the community from persons with mental disorders.