With the Support of the European Union Towards Quality Inclusive Psychosocial Support for LGBTI Persons in Hercegovačko-neretvanski Canton

As part of the project “Regionalising LGBTI inclusive psychosocial support and access to mental health services in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, funded by the European Union, on 18 February 2022 Sarajevo Open Centre organizes online training session on LGBTI inclusive psychosocial support and mental health services, from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. The training session will be organized for employees of the centres for social work of the towns/municipalities in the Hercegovačko-neretvanski Canton. So far, such training sessions had been held in Zeničko-dobojski, Tuzla Canton and towns/municipalities of Republika Srpska.

Since the protection of mental health and general social well-being of LGBTI persons is often surrounded by stigma and prejudice, it is necessary to raise awareness of professionals working in the fields of social protection and mental health, but also the general public about the importance of maintaining well-being and mental health care of this part of the population.

The goal of the project “Regionalising LGBTI inclusive psychosocial support and access to mental health services in Bosnia and Herzegovina” is to create an environment in which LGBTI persons will be encouraged and supported in accessing social protection and mental health systems that provide inclusive and sensitized services. In order to provide LGBTI persons with access to such support, it is necessary to raise the capacity of social protection and mental health institutions, and to expand the institutional network of psychosocial support. It is necessary to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations dealing with the provision of this type of service, and to train their staff on LGBTI topics.

The project is implemented by Sarajevo Open Centre, and the project partner is the Wings of Hope Foundation from Sarajevo, which through its mental health program seeks to improve social inclusion and strengthen women, children, youth and other vulnerable groups, promoting and protecting human rights, mental health and support in education.

The training sessions will be led by Darko Pandurević, lawyer, programme and advocacy manager at Sarajevo Open Centre, who will discuss LGBTI identities and the basics of human rights of LGBTI persons in BiH, and Marija Šarić and Zvjezdana Savić, psychologists/ Gestalt psychotherapists of the Wings of Hope Foundation, whose focus will be on LGBTI persons’ problems and needs, with guidelines for inclusive psychosocial support.

Agenda in BCS language of the HNC centres for social work training session is available here.

Employees of the centres for social work of the Hercegovačko-neretvanski Canton can confirm their participation in the training via e-mail: [email protected], no later than February 14, 2022. The number of participants is limited.

Note: In accordance with the epidemiological situation, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 epidemic in BiH, we have decided to organize the training session online via Zoom platform. After we receive participation confirmations, we will send the access data to follow the session.

For more information about the project, please contact:

Delila Hasanbegović Vukas, Programme Coordinator, Sarajevo Open Centre

Tel: 033 551 000

E-mail: [email protected]