20-25 March 2017: Tiquitaca for Mental Health
From 20 to 25 March 2017, and for the first time in Europe, FAISEM hosted the memorable “Tiquitaca for Mental Health” Interregional Event in 4 different provinces of Andalusia (Spain): Seville, Almería, Granada and Málaga.
Athletes and INSPORT+ stakeholder representatives from the 8 provinces of Andalusia, 9 autonomous communities of Spain and delegations coming from 7 European Countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain) participated in an action-packed week of activities, featuring 10 national teams of players with mental health disorders across Spain and representatives from 16 sport organisations, 8 institutions, and 14 health & social service organisations in Andalusia.
The event benefited from a high level of engagement of various stakeholders in FAISEM’s local partnership as it was coordinated by the Andalusian Commission of Sports and Mental Health, a multi-stakeholder body composed of: the Andalusian Public Foundation for the Social Integration of People with Mental Illnesses (FAISEM); the Comprehensive Mental Health Plan of Andalusia III; the Andalusian Federation of Relatives of People with Mental Disorders (FEAFES-ANDALUCÍA Mental Health); the “En Primera Persona” Federation and the Research Group of the University of Almeria.
INSPORT+ partners joined them as spectators and practitioners with mental health service users in a wide range of events and activities, featuring:
- Regional and national tournaments held across 4 facilities in the different cities, such as the VII Olympiads “United for the Ball and Mental Health” at San Pablo Sport Centre (Seville);
- Dissemination and masterclasses on new sports and approaches for training and recovery, such as canoeing, rowing, and Nordic walking along the Guadalquivir River (Seville);
- Visits to facilities and institutions providing mental health and social support services, for instance Proazimut firm and FAISEM’s centre at Portobello (Seville);
- Cultural and touristic activities allowing visiting participants to integrate with local community representatives throughout the programme;
- Meetings with local associations, such as the Andalusian Federation of Relatives of People with Mental Disorders (FEAFES-ANDALUCÍA Mental Health);
- Promotion of volunteering through volunteer-led events;
- Knowledge exchange through the yearly “VI International Conference on Physical Activity and Inclusive Sport” held at the University of Almería.
At the Conference hosted by the University, seminars focused on:
- The role of mental health in supporting the common good through sport and partnerships in the community;
- Sport as an instrument of recovery for young people with mental health problems;
- Sport as a tool for helping women with severe mental disorders, including an insight into the Womentoring Andalusia project, aimed at promoting physical activity and sport in women with severe mental disorders;
- Training, research, and volunteering;
- An evaluation by Andrés López Pardo (FAISEM) of activities since the Málaga Declaration on Sport and Mental Health in Andalusia (2013‐2017) developed in the first INSPORT project promoting sport for people with disabilities;
- The presentation of future guidelines for INSPORT+ in Europe by Hugo Alonso (General Secretary of ACES Europe)
The event also gathered support from major local, regional, and national stakeholders, including government bodies such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, and the Councils of Equality and Social Policy of Spain, who also collaborated in the initiative.
The Spanish Sports Association for Integration and Recovery (AEDIR) also coordinated the organization of the “Miguel Acosta” National Sports Meet of Football, Paddle and Athletics held in Málaga, which had the participation of 9 regional teams for the first time (Asturias, the Basque country, Castilla-León, Castilla-la-Mancha, Murcia, Valencia, La Rioja, Madrid and Andalusia).
INSPORT+ partners closed their trip with city mobilization events in 2 cities (Málaga and Granada), followed by visits to 4 centres of excellence and institutions in Málaga and Sevilla, where partners interacted, shared and learned from experiences with service users and operators, and a technical, internal implementation meeting amongst themselves to review progress on Work Packages and share updates on everyone’s activities.
For more information visit Faisem’s page : 596 deportistas participan en el Evento Deportivo “Tiquitaca por la Salud Mental”