Learning From the Trieste Mental Health Experience: Developing Essential Ingredients in Creating A Resilient Mental Health Service

We know there is lot of interest in the experience of Trieste and this was a rare opportunity to hear directly from four of the most important managers and clinicians who led the internationally significant deinstitionalisation processes in Trieste, Italy, through the closure of a large psychiatric hospital and the development of local Community Mental Health Centres with hospitality.

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This webinar described the Trieste Mental Health Services and Practices. It focussed on the principles and values that underpinned the structure of this progressive mental health system and service developed over the last 40 years.
The presenters: 
Dr Roberto Mezzina contributed, as clinician and manager, from 1978 to the experience of Trieste, which inspired the Italian Mental Health Reform Law of 1978, closing the psychiatric hospital and creating a network of totally alternative community based network of services. This is recently reconfirmed as a model for the World Health Organisation (2021).
Pina Ridente is a psychiatrist who has had over 40 years of experience in the Trieste MHD, with specific expertise in deinstitutionalisation, psychosocial rehabilitation, supported housing and personal budgeting, women's mental health, co-production
Renzo Bonn is a psychiatrist. He worked (1982 – 1999) in Mental Health Services in Trieste (Italy), including as Director of a 24 hours Mental Health Centre.
Peppe Dell'Acqua Started working with Franco Basaglia from the early days of Trieste. He took part in changing and closing down thePsychiatric Hospital. For 18 years he was Director of the Mental Health Department.
Essential elements & components of the experience include:
  • human rights, recovery and social inclusion, citizenship, holistic care
  • Developing a methodology for a whole system / network of community services and social capital
  • Developing a 24-hour Community Mental Health Centre and crisis ap-proach
Specific programs:
  • Establishing social cooperatives / enterprises
  • Personal budgets and supported accommodation
  • Gender approaches and programs
  • Youth Services
  • Micro areas: social capital and community development
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