A Mental Health Toolkit for Youth Workers: Erasmus + Training Course, October 2023

The Mental Health Toolkit for Youth Workers is an 8-day training course for youth workers from October 6 to 15 at Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center in Denmark.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ This course is co-funded by the European Commission of the EU through Erasmus+ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

๐Ÿ“š ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐“๐‡๐ˆ๐’ ๐‚๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’๐„ ๐€๐๐Ž๐”๐“?

The workers will receive a toolkit that they can use when working with youth. They will have a greater comprehension of what defines sound mental health, the most prevalent mental health conditions that affect young people, and a variety of worthwhile activities that promote mental health.

The course will begin with “Mental Health First Aid” training by qualified professionals to provide the participants with a strong common basis on the subject of mental health and youth work. This will equip participants with three things:

1) knowledge of the most common mental illnesses and crises that affect young people,

2) knowledge of how to respond to a young person who exhibits signs of psychological distress, and

3) awareness of the warning signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and crises, and a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan on how to help the young person cope with the crisis and get relevant professional help.

In addition to Mental Health First Aid training, the program will also include exercises and activities covering meditation, yoga, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), all of which have been proven in numerous studies to have long-lasting benefits for mental health and well-being and which can be practiced for the entire course of one’s life.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž:
1) To address the youth mental health crisis by providing a practical training that introduces participants to tools taken from mental health first aid, cognitive behavioural therapy, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and positive social engagement which can be used to benefit the participants and their target groups suffering from mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, addiction and suicidal thinking.
2) To strengthen cooperation amongst the partners in the field of youth mental health.
3) To lay the foundation for expanding that cooperation to include a wider network of partners.
4) To promote greater awareness and understanding of the youth mental health crisis with the goal of catalysing greater action from governmental and civic organisations.
5) To increase the accessibility for participants with fewer opportunities, particularly those facing mental health challenges.

๐Ÿ’ธ ๐‚๐Ž๐’๐“

This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ funding.
Travelling tickets will be reimbursed after the training.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป ๐๐€๐‘๐“๐ˆ๐‚๐ˆ๐๐€๐๐“ ๐๐‘๐Ž๐…๐ˆ๐‹๐„

Youth workers, 18+ years old (with no age limit) who:
– are motivated to address the youth mental health crisis;
– have skills or experience relevant to the topic;
– are facing physical or mental health challenges;*
– are working with refugees or other groups where the crisis is acutely manifesting;
– are a refugee themselves;
– are working with regenerative and holistic projects and activities that offer alternatives/solutions to some of the systemic problems which are contributing to the crisis;
– have experience with Erasmus+ mobilities;
– face health, economic or geographic barriers;
– face disadvantages (unemployed, broken homes, poverty, NEETs) but show potential and interest in youth work;
– have sufficient level of English to participate in the training;
– are committed to share the knowledge and experience achieved inside the partner organisation;
– are from Denmark, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, France, Armenia, Greece, Turkey or Bulgaria.

*๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ (๐๐ž๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ฑ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ž๐ญ๐œ) ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ/๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐จ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž.

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