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Stopping in Gießen: "Mut-Tour" promotes a relaxed approach to depression

Tandem on

Tandem on a "courageous tour" promotes a relaxed approach to depression. Photo: Key

GIESSEN – "Brave Tour" was also stopped at Gießen: Four bicyclists on two tandem arrived at the church square in very hot temperatures to present the action program that goes through Germany in 2012. "Courage" refers to the commitment of the participants, who in this way inform about their depressive disorder but also encourage others to seek dialogue with those affected and who are not affected.

The project and tour guides Nora Berger and Anika Schulz reported on the importance of community experience on this tour. Movement and nature had a positive effect. They promote tolerance and hope to meet with good will and interest and in conversation. Because it is about exchanging experiences, less stigmatization and a relaxed approach to depression.

No guilt

"Laugh," "do something nice," "pull together," or "do not pretend" – whoever is ill, he often hear such sentences. Fainting expressions show that the poor understanding of depression prevails. Nora Berger points out that this is a disease that almost no one can solve. The need for help, perhaps psychotherapeutic nature, is a major difference in relation to "normal mood". Saying would only exacerbate suffering. "Facing a painful question of guilt with endless loopholes for many is a part of everyday life, especially because in many cases it is not clear from where the disease comes from," says Nora Berger. Summoning and even greater withdrawal are usually a consequence.


Helping people with casting: The Social Psychiatric Service (telephone: 0641 / 9390-416, 0641 / 93901-415), a contact point for self-help groups (phone: 0641/45612).

There are various forms of depression in depression. The central appeal is that care for psychotherapy must be significantly improved. Quota defines how many psychotherapists receive POS in one area. But that was too low. The rest only provides for private payers. "If someone with acute depression has to wait three months for therapeutic help, it's very bad," Berger points out.

The National "Mut-Tour" started on June 15th. The team, who stopped the road to Gießen, started in Fulda and is still driving to Bonn. It's about 350 kilometers. Overall, the tour lasts 3675 kilometers through Germany – with a tandem and an eleven-foot walk.