The project, called "Verruckt? So Was!," whose English translation is "Crazy? So What!," is the brainchild of Beate Schulze, M.D., a Leipzig psychiatrist, and other members of a nongovernment organization called Irrsinnig Menschlich. At the start of the academic year 2000-01, Schulze and colleagues sent information about the project to various high schools in Leipzig. Some 90 students from five high schools decided that they wanted to participate.