The Mind the Gap campaign was initiated by the international foundation Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP in response to the growing concern about the use of the term “social distancing” for persons who generally find themselves in more isolated positions in society: persons with psychosocial and physical disability, as well as elderly persons who reside in care homes. For them the terminology “social distancing” is a very damaging one, because they are the ones who are hurt most by the current crisis and are in urgent need of social contacts. To them social distancing means that their isolation becomes a high-security prison, an isolation cell, and to some it will be a reason enough to seriously consider ending their lives.
Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP has spoken out against using the term at an early stage of the COVID crisis, and some basic materials were developed to illustrate our position. Others have also expressed their concern, and also the World Health Organization has called upon authorities and the general public to change the term to “physical distancing”.
The campaign is supported by many organizations and associations, and their number continues to grow. We are also constantly adding languages and if you want to help expand the program please contact us
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The Mind the Gap campaign is supported by the following organizations
Bank account number: NL46 INGB 0006 0707 13
Account holder: Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP
Hilversum, the Netherlands
Bank: ING Bank
BIC code: INGBNL2A
Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP
1200 BZ Hilversum