(ffm) On Friday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Römer and on the Römerberg at the 36. Selbsthilfemarkt around 85 Frankfurt self-help groups will introduce themselves. For more than 20 years, the event has been organised by the self-help contact office in Frankfurt in cooperation with the health authority.
At 11 o'clock the self-help market is opened by Stephan Siegler, head of the city council, Stefan Majer, head of the personnel and health department, Birgit Pelc, head of the prevention department of the IKK classic and Maren Kochbeck, managing director of the self-help association. “It is nice when many citizens are committed to health issues on such a day and such a place. The Roman is the political and historical centre of Frankfurt and therefore the self-help groups fit very well here. Because self-help represents the interests of people in many difficult situations in life and thus formulates important tasks for society as a whole, especially for us politicians“, emphasises Stefan Majer.
“ The market has a long tradition and there are always new and different topics that self-help brings from the taboo area into the consciousness of all of us. 36 years ago, for example, the subject of addiction was much more taboo. When parents of drug-addicted young adults organised themselves into self-help, they were also able to influence drug policy permanently. Today, young people are also discovering self-help as a way to greater autonomy and self-confidence - for example in the area of gender identity. Also with rare illnesses concerning and members of the family organize themselves and place demands“, say Maren Kochbeck.
“The members of the groups of self-helps and initiatives hold information ready to many topics and illnesses. Interested people can visit the groups, gain insights into self-help work and receive information on topics that are otherwise difficult to find in such a good and compressed way. I would like to thank all self-help activists for their outstanding commitment to better health and a self-determined life with illness in our city. Self-help is essential, so that as many people as possible here in Frankfurt as well as possible“, says Majer.
The self-help community “die Fleckenbühler“ takes care of the snacks and also proves that quality does not have to be expensive. The band „Evas Apfel“ accompanies the event musically and lures passers-by to the Römer together with a stilt walker. “We are looking forward to many visitors. Take the opportunity to make contacts, says Kochbeck.
The visit to the market is free of charge, it is open to all. Further information is available at the self-help contact point in Frankfurt on telephone 069/559358, at the health authority on telephone 069/212-36270 or at http://www.selbsthilfe-frankfurt.netbsp;on the Internet.
The market is made possible by the financial support of the Health Office, the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs, the GKV-Selbsthilfeförderung Hessen and the IKK classic.