Narration and Care

The project “Narration and Care. The deinstitutionalization of the asylum system in Italy: history, imaginary, planning (from 1961 to today)” focuses on Italy’s mental health system transformation post Law 180, spanning the last sixty years. It aims to reassess a rich cultural heritage of debates and narratives related to mental illness, aligning with three keywords: inclusion, deinstitutionalization, and training.

Social inclusion is urgent today, addressing not only mental illness but also issues from migration, refugee reception, and post-pandemic youth problems. The process of deinstitutionalization in Italian psychiatric hospitals reflects a preference for territorial assistance over inadequate internment policies, a Basaglia’s vision which the project emphasises. It also highlights the need for training health workers beyond medical discourse, incorporating knowledge of asylums’ social history and deinstitutionalization.