Mental health, work inclusion and social cooperation: an experience in Reggio Emilia (Italy) - social co-operatives in Reggio Emilia, focalizing on the quality of relationships, have developed work inclusion activities and methods for people suffering of mental distress. The different experiences of the various co-operatives have one common aim: meet each person’s needs to support work inclusion and defend the person’s dignity. Each co-operative offers however different services that combine diverse learning and working contexts with personal abilities and autonomy. These developments have led co-operatives and local authorities to co-design work inclusion programmes and tutoring tools, and to co-manage their development, evaluation and revision. Guidelines for work inclusion of people with mental distress were printed and provincial work inclusion agencies were created. These local experiences should be studied to keep them focused on the changing needs of the population.
Key words: social cooperation, relational goods, psychosocial rehabilitation, advocacy, provincial agencies for work inclusion, personalised projects.
Parole chiave: cooperazione sociale, beni relazionali, percorsi socio-terapeutici riabilitativi, advocacy, nuclei territoriali, riabilitazione, progettazione individuale.