Mad Pride against stigmatization in Bern

Mental health – Several hundred people took part in the national Mad Pride in Bern on Saturday afternoon. The colorful procession under the motto “Bring your bird with you” is intended to contribute to the destigmatization of mental illnesses.

The participants, some of whom were disguised, paraded through the streets of Bern’s old town to the accompaniment of loud music. During stopovers, speeches were used to draw attention to the importance of mental health offerings. Posters they brought with them read, for example, “Mad? No, just human” or “a diagnosis is not a biography”.

After the parade, the afternoon’s activities drew to a close on Bundesplatz with live music, speeches and market stalls. According to the organizers, more than 4,000 people took part.

The Mad Pride is supported by more than 25 national and regional organizations and professional associations, as the organizers wrote. The Confederation also supports the Pride.

Health Minister Alain Berset pointed out the event on Twitter on Saturday: “Mental illnesses are among the most common, everyone can be affected by them at some point in life. By talking about it, we can improve the quality of life for those who are ill and their families.”

The idea of ​​a mad pride originally comes from Canada and is based on the spirit of gay pride. Founded in Toronto in 1993, the move has taken place in many countries since then. A Mad Pride was held in Switzerland for the first time in 2019. The organizers would also like to establish the event firmly in Germany.

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