In Belgian city of Geel, psychiatric sufferers hosted by foster households | EUROtoday

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The city of Geel, in Belgium’s Flanders area, is house to a shocking centuries-old custom, the place sufferers with psychological well being points stay with host households. It’s stated so far again to the 14th century, when town attracted pilgrims praying to Dymphna, the native patron saint of psychological sickness – and locals started opening their doorways to them. Nowadays, households in Geel do the identical, with the assistance of town’s psychiatric hospital. Doctors there say many sufferers are higher off with host households than in a closed medical setting. This distinctive care mannequin has gained recognition properly past Belgium’s borders. Our correspondent studies.