Trieste under threat

The Trieste model of mental health care is recognised by WHO as a world standard for community mental health services. It had a profound influence on the founders of Asylum magazine and has inspired programmes in dozens of countries.

One of the buildings of the ex-Provincial Psychiatric Hospital of Trieste:
“La verità è rivoluzionaria” (The truth is revolutionary) was one of the mottos of the revolution.

It has provided hope for service users/ survivors and clinicians around the world. However, Trieste, the city in northern Italy, is now threatened by a right-wing government promoting privatisation and the dismantling of what it misperceives to be politically left-wing psychiatry.