Studio 27

Focused on Soul

1st Prize

winner 6
Czech Republic
Civil Society/Social Economy
Fields of action:
Psychosocial impairments
Work / Unemployment / Vocational training
Age of the target group:
above 60 years = seniors
26 - 60 years = adults
19 - 25 years = young adults
12 - 18 years = youths
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
Fokus Praha, z.ú.
Responsible person:
Mgr. Břetislav Košťál

What is it about?

Unique media project Studio 27 “Focused on Soul” manage people with experience with mental illness. We organize and record debates with well known persons in both Czech and English. We triggered public debate on mental health and we fight against the stigma by personal example. Guests of our debates contributed to the shift in attitude of the public towards the people with mental health problems.

Appreciation of the Jury

“Studio 27“ wants “to break down the myths about the inability, dangerousness and asocial behaviour of the mentally ill”. It does this very successfully. By their very work, the journalists who have joined their forces to create this studio thwart the societal prejudice that people like them are not capable of intellectual work. It is exactly such disturbances, unsettling never questioned beliefs, which enable social learning. What is important is that the concerned help each other as they do in “Studio 27”; and that they find structures to support them, like Fokus Praha. Then innovation can succeed and a process of emancipation is launched that may even help psychiatric reform to live up to expectations.