According to the World Health Organization, suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people between 15 and 29 years old. 30% of young people between 15 and 29 years old have had some type of mental health problem in the last year. Of all the young people who noticed symptoms, only half asked for help. The most common symptoms/diagnoses are depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
Childhood and adolescence is a crucial period. Multiple physical, emotional, and social changes can make children and adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. We have come a long way in incorporating physical and, sexual health in education and yet, in the classrooms, mental health has not yet been addressed in a systematic and forceful way
TO WHAT PURPOSE?
- Train and inform about the mental health of children, adolescents and young people
- Work on the promotion of life habits that enhance mental health, deepen the knowledge of mental illnesses, early detection indicators and the impact of the consumption of toxins on their appearance, a question that is especially necessary in this collective.
- Show mental health problems, making them visible, facilitating the request for help and progress in an appropriate approach in an educational environment.
- Provide concrete answers to questions that students can raise, dismantling ideas and prejudices and thus establishing a group and individual commitment to improving mental health.
- Offer a normalizing vision of people with mental illness, being in many cases the first approach and know ledge not stigmatizing of these and these young women in relation to mental illness.
- Provide teachers with tools through shared knowledge and first-person experiences that allow them to detect early possible symptoms and / or warning signs, as well as accompany them in cases that arise.
- Address stigma and promote speaking naturally about the mental health of our young people, within the teaching staff; offer tools to seek their involvement as active agents and ambassadors of mental health care in the classroom.
- Create environments and living conditions that promote mental health as well as respect and protection of rights.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING TO DO?
Transmit truthful information and training on mental health problems to male and female students of Bizkaia, seeking prevention, the early identification of warning signs and symptoms and fighting against the stigma associated with mental illness.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
Through workshops with a direct, attractive dynamic in schools aimed at primary and secondary students and teachers. We talk about symptoms, diagnosis, habits, emotions and feelings, showing the other side of mental illness told in the first person, overcoming the myths, fears, and stereotypes that surround mental illness.