Therese Stutz Steiger (initiator) had the idea for a film project. This arose inter alia because it was concerned with the development of the labor market, which reduced the chances of equality especially for the mentally handicapped. She also hoped to make a contribution towards new dimensions in everyday dealings with the mentally ill. Therefore, she had teamed up with Jürg Neuenschwander (director).

From more than 60 applicants for the movie “SAME AND DIFFERENT”, 14 applicants were selected. For various reasons you could not use all protagonists in the main movie.

Therefore, visit with 14 interview films with the protagonists, 5 short films on work and mental disorders as well as further information. The portraits and short films are suitable for inclusion in presentations, discussions and lectures.


The number of people struggling with psychological difficulties in the workplace is increasing rapidly. In the movie “SAME AND DIFFERENT” affected people give direct insight into the challenges they face at work and in the workplace: they express their personal and authentic experiences with employers, social security, doctors and social institutions.
We meet people who, despite many exclusions and resistances, take their lives into their own hands. Such as they start their own business or find a new job, undertake further education or simply find happiness together with the new love in a jointly acquired condominium.
Despite confidence, we also experience that much will never be the same again as before the collapse, that a professional, financial or social decline must sometimes be accepted. Thanks to the views of relatives and employers, differentiated, touching images emerge from the lives of people with mental illnesses



The number of people struggling with psychological difficulties in the workplace is increasing rapidly. In the documentary Gleich und anders by Jürg Neuenschwander, those affected give direct insight into the challenges they face at work and in the workplace: they express themselves in a very personal and authentic way to their experiences with employers, social insurance companies, doctors and social institutions.

We are proud to mention that the film “EQUAL AND OTHER” won the Audience Award of the Berner Filmpreis Festival 2016.

The Association

Through the film “SAME AND DIFFERENT” the protagonists, like their relatives, came together.
From these acquaintances, some have teamed up and brought the association “GLEICH UND ANDERS Schweiz” to life. The foundation was on December 11, 2016


Kapfweid 16
6020 Emmenbrücke


  • Under the name GLEICH UND ANDERS Schweiz there is an association according to Art. 60ff ZGB
  • The association is non-profit as well as denominational and party politically neutral.


Membership fees

Everyone who is against the stigmatization and prejudices is welcome. Together we can develop the understanding on both sides.

The membership fee costs CHF 50.00 per year. We look forward to your joining the club and joining forces to bring about a change.


We distribute the movie GLEICH UND ANDERS via our online shop. In addition, you will find more products in our merchandise shop.

The favorite product, the plush bear “GLEICHI”, can of course also be ordered from us.

Movie rental

For the film GLEICH UND ANDERS we have the screening rights. You can book a film screening at club president Hans Schmied. We are looking forward to your contact:

Hans Schmied
Phone: +41 (0)41 280 42 61
Mobile: +41 (0)79 779 97 18 


We accept donations via our Paypal account. A donation is possible there without registration. Alternatively, this would be our association’s account:

Luzerner Kantonalbank AG
IBAN: CH 67 0077 8204 4146 3200 1


  • The film “SAME AND DIFFERENT” – if the psyche requires us, by Jürg Neuenschwander and Therese Stutz Steiger, is intended as an aid for lectures, podiums and comparable informative events.
  • Protagonists for lectures and panel discussions

Aim and purpose

  • The association GLEICH UND ANDERS Schweiz aims to improve the mental health of all and is involved in the prevention, as well as the integration and support of people who are affected by mental difficulties.
  • Assistance and support of relatives
  • Destigmatization of prejudice against people with mental difficulties

Our bank connection

Kapfweid 16
6020 Emmenbrücke

Luzerner Kantonalbank AG
IBAN: CH67 0077 8204 4146 3200 1
Association GLEICH UND ANDERS Switzerland

Donate now

We look forward to your donation and will be able to do more with our support than bridge builders.

Help us

You are committed and want to work for our association? Please write to our association’s president.