Irrsinnig Menschlich was founded in the spring of 2000 in Leipzig, Germany, and is part of the worldwide Open the Doors Anti-Stigma Program which was initiated by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) in 1996 to fight against stigmatization and exclusion of people who suffer from schizophrenia.
Members of the association are people who have experienced mental illness, as well as journalists, doctors, politicians, artists and active citizens. Engaging the different perspectives of its members, the association supports exchange between the public and people affected by mental illness.
Apart from different media projects, Irrsinnig Menschlich has initiated a school project aimed at reducing prejudice among pupils from age fourteen up. The association also offers workshops and informational material to public institutions.
The association works with other initiatives for better understanding, openness and tolerance towards people suffering mental illnesses. It also cooperates with international organizations engaged in anti-stigmatization work, for example in the Czech Republic and Poland.
The website contains detailed information about the various projects of the association, general information about mental illness, and links.