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Youth Minded

Youth Minded_A training course on Mental Health of the Youth by SEAL CYPRUS
Project type: Erasmus+ Key Action 1. Mobility of Youth Workers.
Youth Workers’ Training & Networking.
Duration of the project: 01/02/2017– 01/09/2017 (Dates of the training course: 18-26 March 2017)

CONTEXT/ BACKGROUND

 

The idea for the project "Youth Minded" was developed after a focus group on "Mental Health for the Youth" that our organisation hosted in November 2015. The theme of the project reflect topics of current European interests as it focuses on mental health, a concern shared by most European countries. Mental health and well-being of children and adolescents and the way in which we support them through adolescence into adulthood will affect the prosperity as well as social and economic stability of European countries over the coming decades. Investing for the mental health promotion of young people is an investment in the present and the future. The European Youth Strategy aims to support the health and well-being of young people with a focus on different issues one of which is the promotion of mental health. Advocating the health and well-being of young people, including mental health, is one of the six priorities  of the EU Work Plan for Youth (2016-2018) adopted by the Council of the Ministers of Youth and Education for EU Member States in November 2015.


The project will have a special focus on the role of Media in the mental health of the youth. There have been significant links between the media and mental health, in research studies around the world. More specifically:


Identity Development: Media messages often contain simplistic stereotypical portrayals of socio-demographic factors such as sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and occupation. Because adolescence is an important time of self-definition, exposure to such simplistic portrayals can interfere with normal identity development. Special attention will be given to the representation of refugees and asylum seekers in the media and its impact on the identity development of young refugees and asylum seekers.

Self-esteem: Through Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram photos, sometimes we find ourselves judging our own lives with these updates, tweets, and photos. The comparisons can cause feelings of inferiority that may lead to low self-esteem.

Depression: A correlation between social media use and depression is supported by many researchers.

Body Image: Increased exposure to the media may lead to body image insecurity.

Eating Disorders: Increased exposure to the Media has been associated with higher rates of disordered eating.

Risky Behavior: Media commonly used by adolescents contain multiple references to risky behavior including substance use or abuse, violence, and unsafe sex.

Sexualisation of Girls: A report of the American Psychological Association (APA) released in 2007, found evidence that the proliferation of sexualised images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media is harmful to girls' self-image and healthy development.

 

MAIN AIM


The overall aim was to promote the mental health of the young people by means of equipping the participants with improved competences linked to their profes-sional (youth training/youth work) and volunteering profile in order to:

- Support the development of healthy youth identity through youth work, youth training and volunteering

- Prevent potential mental health issues among their target group and to ask for support from other specialists


SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES


1. To learn more about young people’s identity building

2. To learn about the benefits of (social) media on adolescent development and how to use them when designing youth projects

3. To explore the challenges that the traditional media and the social media rep-resent for the mental health of the young people

4. To develop the quality of youth work, youth training and volunteering in fa-vour of the young people

5. To support the youth workers and their organisations to improve youth work methods and practices to involve young people and to approach disadvan-taged groups, such as people with mental health issues

6. To increase mental health awareness within the community

7. To promote Erasmus+ and the Youthpass certificate

8. To increase the capacity of the partners to operate at international level

 

ACTIVITIES & METHODOLOGY

 

The project included a 7-day training course which took place in Larnaca. The non-formal education participatory methods that were used during the training included simulation games, role play, plenary debates, interactive lectures, audio-visual presentations, brainstorming, small and large group discussions, self-assessment and more. All working activities aimed at fostering intercultural learning and exchange between youth workers and young people with fewer opportunities. The project was supported by preparation and dissemination activities with the use of digital media.

 

RESULTS, IMPACT, POTENTIAL LONGER TERM BENEFITS

 

The project created high-quality learning outcomes. The participants in the training course improved their skills and competences which were certified with the Youthpass. With their participation in this training, the participants were enabled to support their organisations, to multiply the impact of youth work and to raise the visibility of their work. During the project a publication was created summarizing the activities and the results. 

You can download the publication at the bottom of this page.

Also, the participants created the campaign #realpeople

Apart from the benefits for individuals, good mental health is increasingly important for economic growth and social development in Europe. Mental health and well-being of the youth will affect the prosperity as well as social and economic stability of European countries over the coming decades. Investing in the mental health pro-motion of young people is an investment in the present and the future. Partner organisations are expected to ex-tend the international dimension of their work, to learn about non-formal methods of entrepreneurial education, to strengthen their relationships with their stakeholders. The training provided an opportunity to establish sustainable partnerships for further cooperation and projects.

On the long run the project will bring benefits to communities, which participants are coming from, as well as an international community, since after the training, the participants are going to implement transnational initiatives based on the network of the partner organisations.


You can see interviews of the participants at the bottom of this page.


PARTNERS

SEAL CYPRUS (CYPRUS ORGANISATION FOR SUSTAINABLE EDUCATIONAND ACTIVE LEARNING)

EVROPSKE CENTRUM MLADEZE BRECLAV/EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTREBRECLAV Z.S., Czech Republic

ENNEA cultura territorio società, Italy

ASOCIACIJA APKABINK EUROPA, Lithuania

A.D.E.L. - ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION AND LABOUR, Slovakia

YOUTH MOBILITY CENTER, Greece

LUUPUSE SELTS, Estonia

ASOCIACIÓN DIAGONAL ESPAÑA, Spain

ASSOCIACAO JUVENIL DA ILHA TERCEIRA, Portugal

FUNDACJA ”RA I DO” MIĘDZYNARODOWE CENTRUM WSPARCIA MŁODZIEŻYI DOROSŁYC, Poland


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