Progetto Itaca Firenze is a Volunteer Association, founded in 2011 who operates in mental health care. We are part of the WORLD MOVEMENT that brings a new positive vision for all people suffering from psychiatric disorders. Our message of hope is based on the concept that even the person with a serious psychiatric illness has resources that can be exploited to find a more regular and independent life. Mental illness has a biological nature and can now be cured and we try to educate the public and the media to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and promote awareness.
To raise funds for the activities we offer, our young volunteers organize events like the one of the 13st of july in Forte dei Marmi.
Did you know mental illness is more prevalent than cancer, diabetes or heart disease?
By 2020, behavioral health disorders will be the #1 cause of disability worldwide, surpassing all other illnesses.
We offer free rehabilitation services for young people suffering from mental disorders and family support initiatives, as well as information and prevention projects. Our major project is the Clubhouse. Club Itaca is first and foremost a community of young people with major psychic illness who enter the Center as Members. Much more than simply a program, or a social service, a clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together toward a common goal. Through participation in Club Itaca people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. Club Itaca is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted, and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all. When "I" is replaced with "We", mental illness becomes wellness. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration of the fact that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.