Medical professionals decided to award the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation a Gold Synapse award in the "Friends fo Psychiatry" category. The category is meant to honour individuals and organisations working to support psychiatric care in the country and supports patient's rights. The winners of the plebiscite were announced during the annual International Congress.
It's incredibly challenging to help the branch of medicine which, seemingly, has been forgotten by the entire healthcare system in the country. As soon as we began to work out what we wanted to buy for children's psych wards, we heard that hospitals and departments were being shut down. Wards were suspended. The entire healthcare system in Poland is struggling - there are not enough doctors, and we are short on qualified medical professionals. Psychiatry is one of the most underfunded branches of medicine in the country. Wards are catastrophically under-equipped. Standards fall short what we can see in Europe. Children and young adults struggle with their mental health, and the number of patients is on the rise
Gold Synapse Award
Press Office at The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity