Irre menschlich e.V. was founded in 1999 and is based on the Trialogue psychosis-seminars, initiated 1989 at the UKE by Dorothea Buck and Prof. Dr. Thomas Bock.
Trialogue is based on interchange of viewpoints and ideas at eye-level between individuals with lived experience such as psychosis, carers/ family members, and healthcare professionals with an attitude of openness and equality.
Since its first establishment, this concept has had strong national and international resonance – in Germany alone, there are now more than 100 psychosis seminars based on the Trialogical idea.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bock
Founder of Irre menschlich e.V. from the UKE
Dorothea Buck (5 April 1917 – 9 October 2019). Writer and sculptor, diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 19, Nazi victim and survivor; advocate for a reform for individuals with mental illness in psychiatry, founder of the national service user organisation
The association has launched and successfully conducted more than 1.000 projects to sensitise and promote tolerance for individuals with lived experience in schools, public institutions (police, universities, health service sector). Irre menschlich e.V. regularly launches cultural projects such as media campaigns, public and cultural events (movies, theatre, lectures, open discussions) to further sensitise the public, fostering tolerance, as well as anti-stigma and resource-orientation attitudes. Irre menschlich e.V. offers regular, open lectures, such as ‘Anthropological Psychiatry’, led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Bock, Dr. Candelaria Mahlke, and by individuals with lived experience.