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Events 2005 (January - August):

August 17-31

M.Nemanyte and D.Kajenas participated in the summer camp of psychological re-habilitation at the sea in Palanga.

August 15-20

G.Mikutas and V.Lepeska participated in the 8th plain-air of disabled artists in Kukle (Poland). The event was organized by NIKE.

August 13-15

10 Club members were in the excursion in Suwalki region (Poland).

August 9

Z.Samsanaviciute and M.Nemanyte represented Club 13&Co. in the Vasara Mental Hospital’s event.

August 8

Club members visited Siauliai Psychiatric Hospital and did patient’s rights questionning of 62 per cent of their patients.

July 29

Modus Vivendi (Klaipeda) visited us in Vilnius. Together we visited Trakai and Vilnius TV tower, did an excursion in the old town of Vilnius.

July 20

We organized the 3rd seminar as was planned in the project Establishment of the work therapy.

July 6

We organized the meeting of Club 13&co. in the café Zaltvyksle and Sereikiskes Park due to the Lithuanian State’s day – duke Mindaugas‘ coronation day.

July 5

The meeting of the Board was held in the summer house of V.Dubinas.

June 27

We organized the 2nd seminar as was planned in the project Establishment of the work therapy.

June 22

Social workers from Germany visited Club 13&Co. for the 3rd time. This time they came to Lithuania to participate in seminar Eastern Europe in the challenge of social changes: social security and social work in Lithuania.

June 17

Z.Samsanaviciute participated in the national conference Implementation of patients rights in reality concerning financial issues of health services. The conference was organized by NGO Kiekvieno sveikata.

June 16-18

M.Nemanyte and A.Mikulskiene participated in the final seminar of the the Program to strengthen health consumer groups and promote health care advocacy in Central and Eastern Europe run by Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary. The Advocacy Training was held in Balatonszemes (Hungary).

June 9

We organizaed the 1st workshop on timber characteristics and wood carving tecniques (project Establishment of the work therapy).

June 2-3

M.Nemanyte and V.Dubinas participated in the seminar Developing anti-discrimination skills in the society organized in Druskininkai

June 2

19 Club members participated in the seminar We want to know what we are treated with, sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis.

May 31

D.Gaurilcikiene and L.Ciuksiene participated in the meeting of Lithuanian Council of Disabled People. It was disscussed on the mental health issues.

May 26-28

M.Nemanyte and A.Mikulskiene (Public Relations and Fundraising consultant) participated in the 3rd seminar of the Program to strengthen health consumer groups and promote health care advocacy in central and Eastern Europe run by Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary. The seminar on Fundraising and Financial Sustainability was held in Bratislava (Slovakia).

May 24-26

Club chairperson D.Survilaite participated in the workshop, organized by Academy of Neuroscience (by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca). The workshop was held in St.Jozef university centre near Kortenberg (Belgium). Participants visited a modern Belgian Psychiatric Hospital.

May 16-22

Club chairperson D.Survilaite participated in the 11th conference of Health Promoting Hospitals Empowering for Health: Practicing the Principles. The conference was held in Dublin (Ireland).

May 10

D.Survilaite and M.Nemanyte participated in round table discussion organized by the organization Kiekvieno sveikata.

May 5-9

M.Nemanyte participated in the 2nd seminar of the four seminar cycle of the Program to strengthen health consumer groups and promote health care advocacy in Central and Eastern Europe run by Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary. The seminar on Development and Strengthening was held in Budapest (Hungary).

April 29 – May 2

Andrzej Wolkowycki, the manager of NIKE (Bialystok, Poland), together with his wife and their friends visited Club 13&Co. Mr. Wolkowycki invited members of the Club to join their 6th art plain-air to be held in Kukle (Poland) in August 15-20.

April 29

We presented four grant proposals for Lithuanian Council of Disabled People for the year 2006.

April 22

D.Survilaite, M.Nemanyte and E.Mazonas participated in the international workshop The Problem of Quality of Life and Stigmatization in Psychiatry held in Vilnius. The event was organized by MD Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, a member of the epidemiological investigation section (April Group) of the Association of the European Psychiatrists. M.Nemanyte has presented a report on the activities of the Patients advocacy group and their investigations in psychiatric institutions.

April 12-16

M.Nemanyte and E.Mazonas participated in the first seminar of the four seminar cycle of the Program to strengthen health consumer groups and promote health care advocacy in Central and Eastern Europe run by Civil Society Development Foundation Hungary. The seminar on NGO Management was held in Budapest (Hungary).

April 15

D.Survilaite, D.Gaurilcikiene, R.Petravicius, V.Dubinas, T.Bliudzius, and V.Ragauskas participated in the conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the international organization GIP (Global Initiatives in Psychiatry) held in Vilnius Town Hall.

April 14

Raimondas, Juozas, Gintautas, Albertas and social worker Asta Lukoseviciute participated in the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Kaunas Psychiatric Hospital. We presented five works of starting artist Albertas Tamasiunas and two works of our experienced artist Laimis Bugenis. During the meeting the chairperson of Biciules told us about their activities, showed the paintings of their members. After the presentation we enjoyed the dinner together.

April 13

Hedin Unnsteinsson, a representative of the World Health organization, former mental user visited our Club. The guest told about his own perception of psychiatry and was interested in Club‘s activities.

April 12

D.Survilaite participated in round table discussion organized by the organization Kiekvieno sveikata.

April 1-8

Members of the Club (Monika, Edmundas, Zina, and Laisvunas) and their friends (Albertas, Vaidas, and Asta) participated in the veltinio sympozium Art therapy. The event was presented in mass media.

March 23

D.Survilaite and M.Nemanyte participated in the seminar on how to prepare grant applications, organized by the Lithuanian Council of Disabled People.

March 18-19

Monika Nemanyte participated in the conference held in the Parliament of Lithuanian Republic.

March 8

D.Survilaite, M.Nemanyte and Z.Samsanaviciute participated in round table discussion organized by the organization Kiekvieno sveikata. It was discussed about the European Patients Forum (EPF) and was proposed to form the Lithuanian Patients Forum in order to become members of EPF.

March 3

Monika Nemanyte participated in the meeting with prof. Graham Thornicroft (UK), organized by the Ministry of Health.

March 2

Club‘s 13&Co. annual meeting was organized. During the meeting the new Board and new by-lawd were. Now the members of the board are: Danguole Survilaite (chairperson), Dijana Gaurilcikiene (vice-chairman), Monika Nemanyte (secretary), Zina Samsanaviciute (patients advocacy group manager), Nijole Ramankeviciene, Raimondas Petrauskas, and Edmundas Mazonas. Members of Kaunas club Biciules participated in the annual meeting as visitors.

January – February

We visited National Drama Theatre for many times, some times we were at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and some other ones, where we were watching dramas, operas and ballets free of charge.

February 10

Organization Kiekvieno sveikata organized a meeting for representatives of patients organizations of Lithuania.

January 28

A few members of the Club were on excursion in the Museum of geology.

January 21

12 psychiatrists from Italy and Malta visited Republican Vilnius Psychiatric Hospital and met with Club 13&Co. members. One of the visitors was Dolores Gauci, a chairperson of Malta Richmond Foundation. We know her for many years.

January 17

D.Survilaite participated in the press conference on the results of the research on the status of human rights in Lithuania. The press conference was held in the premises of new agency BNS.

January 11

Organization Kiekvieno sveikata organized a meeting of managers of patients organizations of Lithuania. Activities of 2004 were reported, and the plans for the year 2005 were disscussed.

January 6

More than 20 Club‘s members watched G.Verdi‘s opera „Rigoletto“ at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius.


Events 2004:

December 21

Zina, Edmundas, and Nijole, members of the Patients Advocacy workgroup, presented the results of the survey performed in Republican Vilnius Psychiatric hospital to the members of the Treatment Board of the hospital.

December 20

23 Club members took part in the Club's Christmas party traditionally held in the premises of the friendly association Let's Be Together. D.Survilaite gave a lecture on some side effects caused by long term use of neuroleptics (especially on the increase of prolactine concentration). N.Gostautaite, a doctor psychiatrist, showed a movie made by the Lithuanian National TV according to the joint project of the Club and the Lithuanian Psychiatrist Association. Club members shared small Christmas presents among. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca paid for the Christmas food.

December 20

Z.Samsanaviciute, M.Nemanyte, N. Ramankeviciene, G.Mikutas, and L.Ciuksiene participated in the presentation of two new books on medicine, held in the premises of Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP).

December 17

Z.Samsanaviciute, M.Nemanyte, R.Petravicius N. Ramankeviciene, and T.Bliudzius participated in the Conference The Right to the Health Care organized by the NGO Kiekvieno sveikata (Everyone's Health) held in the State Youth Theatre.

December 14

D.Survilaite presented a report "Project of the Patients Advocacy" and Monika, Nijole, Zina, and Romualdas Belovas took part in the 12th Vilnius health seminar on psychosocial rehabilitation.

December 13

25 Club members and their friends listened to the lecture "How to avoid overweight and obesity" given by Ausra Jauniskyte, a doctor nutritionist. Lecture was a part of cycle of seminars called We want to know what we are treated with initiated by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

December 6

7 members of the Club took part in the discussion "Are we ready to accept a person with mental disorder?", organized by the Siauliai University Student Representation. Discussion was a part of cycle of events "Friends Forever 2004", dedicated to the International Day of Disabled Persons. The Club members and the students watched the movie Beautiful Mind.

December 3-5

N.Ramankeviciene, Z.Samsanaviciute, and M.Nemanyte participated in the workshop "Problem Solving for Better Health", hosted by the Dreyfus Health Foundation and the Baltic Ecologic Programs Office of the foundation ECOLOGIA. More about the workshop is here>>.

December 3

D.Gaurilcikiene, J.Vilkisius ir S.Kostianovas participated in the conference, dedicated to the International Day of Disabled Persons, organized by the Lithuanian Disability Forum and held in the Lithuanian Parliament.

November 25-28


D. Survilaite in the European Parliament Session room.

D.Survilaite participated in the patients' organizations seminar Strengthening Patient Groups in the EU held in Brussels.

November 26

Monika represented the Club in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Lithuanian Medical Library. During the celebration publication Lithuanian Medical Library. 1944-2004. History. Bibliography was presented.

November 25

Nijole and Monika participated in the conference hosted by Vilnius Municipality. Public Commission at City Board of Vilnius City initiated this conference.

November 22-23

8 members of the Club visited Sveksna Psychiatric hospital and questioned patients on their rights (photos: 1, 2, 3).

November 20

Monika, Raimondas, Nijole and Zina participated in the electoral congress of Lithuanian Psychiatrist Association. Zina made an Appeal to psychiatrists.

November 3-5

D.Survilaite (at right) participated in the patient policy forum for European National and pan-European patient groups Enabling a Healthier Europe in Brussels.

October 22

E.Mazonas presented a report on patients' rights in the 9th National Conference of Health Promoting Hospitals, held in Vilnius Republican Psychiatric hospital (RVPH).


Director of RVPH V. Maciulis, D. Survilaite,
Director of Riedstadt (Germany) psychiatric
hospital H. Berger, and N. Gostautaite.

October 11

7 Club members visited the Club Dvasine siluma (Warmth of Mind) in Siauliai and celebrated its' 5th anniversary (more photos: 1, 2, 3).

October 9

Monika, Edmundas and D.Survilaite participated in the on-line radio broadcast Ryto garsai (Morning sounds) dedicated to the problems of mental patients.

October 8

Club members participated in the Press Forume held in Vilnius Mental Health Centre.

October 7

24 ex-users and their managers from Espoo, Finland, visited our Club (photos:1, 2).

September 30 - October 3

D. Survilaite, chairperson of the Club, and D. Gaurilcikiene, vice-chairperson, took part in the 7th annual GAMIAN-Europe Educational Convention Management of Mental Illnesses in Tallinn, Estonia (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4).

September 23

22 Club members and their friends took part in the seminar about Seroquel held by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Opera Cafe.

September 16

Members of the Club participated actively in the performance-fair of the art collectives of the disabled.

 

September 15

11 social workers from Germany visited the Club.

September 10

D.Survilaite, Zina, Edmundas M., Monika and Raimondas participated in the conference Psychiatric Aspects of Suicide Prevention hosted by Lithuanian Psychiatric Association held in the National Drama Theatre.

September 1-2

M.Nemanyte participated in the European patient group conference Driving Better Health in Europe held in Brussels. Photo, from the left: Vida Augustiniene, Egle Kvedaraite, Rodney Elgie (President of the European Patients Forum), and Monika.

 

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