This May, ‘Crazy Pride Month’, it wears orange once again, thanks to the MEMBERS Initiative, a movement that promotes mental health and asserts the rights of people with mental illness. The initiative was born from the hand of the Paso e Paso Aragon Association (Association of Relatives with People with Mental Illness) and psychologist María José Ochoa.
Member took May because it is the month in which ‘Crazy Pride Day’ is celebrated internationally and as a symbol orange color in the form of an ornament on the lapel, a flower in the hair or a lock of hair … anything It takes to claim a world in which we all fit. With this initiative, we are committed to ‘Nar Darr Na Sharm!’ We want to give importance to mental health through the slogan of There is neither the fear of a health problem that one in four people will suffer from, according to the World Health Organisation, nor the shame of a society that never tires of labeling.
Similarly, those affected by these types of disorders are often stigmatized and rejected. Mental illness is often seen as something shameful or dangerous, which prevents the person from being able to express themselves freely and, moreover, facilitates the violation of the most basic rights, such as that of dignity. To be treated, to be heard, to be promoted professionally or to enjoy a full social life.
The initiative organizes more than thirty events during this month, with the aim of inviting citizens to talk about mental illness, mainly delivered at the Joaquín Roncal CAI Center and the FNAC (Plaza de España). Is. For this organizations and professionals have been used such as: PICA, FVBM, AFDA, TCA-Aragón, Grana, TOC-Zaragoza, LIANA, Mochila Solidaria, CEES Aragon, Petales, Estelar, Otras Miradas, Rey Ardid, the psychiatrist Isabel Irigoyen , journalist Pilar Belle, poet María Dubón, actor Damian Alcolía, Cristinica or the musicians Ester and Beatriz Vallejo. Also, Fundación CAI, FNAC and Violeros School have joined the initiative.