Mental health plays an important role in the life of every person. A mentally healthy person works more productively, and is also better able to contribute to his / her environment. Therefore, it is clear that mental disorders can lead to serious problems and wasted human potential.
Mental disorder is a state of health that involves changes in thinking, emotion, or behavior (for example depression). According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than a quarter of the European adult population has experienced at least one mental disorder in the last year, e.g. depression or anxiety. Yet only a fraction of them have ever asked for (professional) help out. Psychiatric disorders not only have a major impact on individuals, but also on the burden continues to grow with significant economic consequences. It is therefore important to alleviate and reduce the problems to alleviate the mental health stigma.
The “A Beautiful Mind” youth exchange will be organized in Kaunas, Lithuania. It’s 36 participants from 6 different countries (Slovenia, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Lithuania). Priority will be given to people with a disadvantaged background and with fewer opportunities (for example confronted with social exclusion or financial struggle).
The objectives of the project are:
The core goal of the current project “A Beautiful Mind” is to increase knowledge of mental health between young people and the general public. To achieve this goal, the the following objectives have been set:
- Increasing awareness about the existing mental health situation;
- Reduce prejudices against the mentally ill;
- Determine what mental health is and why it is important;
- Explain how mental disorders are diagnosed and treated;
- Advising young people on how to live healthier and how to deal with the surrounding stress;
- Search for ways to communicate with people with mental disorders and ways to support them.
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Date: December 3 to December 9
Are you completely excited about this? Register now! All costs, i.e. travel, training costs, food and hotel accommodation, are reimbursed by the European Union.
There are a few requirements to participate:
- Participants must be between 18 and 30 years old;
- You must be proficient in the English language;
- You must be living in the Netherlands or be in possession of a Dutch proof of identity;
- You must be willing to be filmed during the sessions and workshops of the activities;
- It helps if you are interested in mental health issues and well-being, have experienced mental health issues and/or similar problems yourself or have helped your friends/relatives for example;
- And be a broad-minded person who can work together in a group;
- The form below must be completed;