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Open Dialogue: The life-giving approach for practitioners and participants alike

Open Dialogue is a team approach to helping someone through an extreme state or other mental health crisis. It meets people where they are, listens respectfully to every voice in the room, and makes all decisions in the presence of the whole group. It is slow to diagnose, taking time to understand the unique origins of an individual's distress and finding solutions together.

This approach began thirty years ago in Finland and has shown remarkable results in helping people get their lives back. However, further research is needed to establish its effectiveness and demonstrate how Open Dialogue can be widely and affordably implemented.

In partnership with Open Society Foundations, we have granted year two of a multi-year international collaborative led by Drs. Raffaella Pocobello (ISTC-CNR) and Giuseppe Salamina in Rome, Italy. To fully fund phase one of the project, we need to raise an additional $150,000 in 2020 and $250,000 in 2021.