major world sport event with 12 national football teams and 180 psychiatric patients involved in a 4-day tournament.• A great global social event,to fight stigma and encourage the use of football as a psychiatric rehabilitation
Futsal World Championship for People with Mental Health Problems. Rome, 13-16 May 2018
Football, with its training methods based on clear and defined objectives, improves the general wellbeing of psychiatric patients. In particular, it allows patients to experience gratification, which on the psychological level means "I exist, I can do”, and moreover:• It improves the psychophysical balance by stimulating the production of serotonin.• It allows to reduce the administration of psychiatric drugs.• It decreases the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.• It helps to reacquire self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness, and stimulates the comparison with other people - and so socialisation.