MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY
“Mental Health Literacy” sessions
The “Mental Health Literacy” project debuted in 2018 in Cluj-Napoca with sessions designed to give high-schoolers a better understanding of what mental health is. So far, over 1000 students from Cluj-Napoca have taken part in our sessions. Within them, the topics covered are adolescence, mental health, emotions, anxiety, depression, and resilience.
Maturing is a challenging process for adolescents, but one that can be naturally and confidently bridged, provided that they are correctly informed and guided towards the support they need.
The primary objective of these sessions is increasing the knowledge and the degree of awareness regarding mental health of youth in Cluj and beyond.
- We view adolescence through the perspective of the changes that appear and challenges specific to this period.
- We offer information about mental health and the factors that influence it.
- We openly discuss and learn about emotions, feelings and the role they play in our lives.
- We encourage the cultivation of resilience through the awareness of available internal and external resources.
Informational handouts for adolescents
Another very important component of this project is represented by informational handouts for adolescents.
Through our informational handouts for adolescents, we aim to highlight relevant information on six of the most frequently addressed topics related to mental health: ADHD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, specific phobias, anger, and frustration management.
So far, more than 400 teachers, school counselors, doctors and parents have received these brochures in electronic format, who, in turn, have disseminated the materials to 60,000 adolescents throughout Romania. Over 600 brochures were printed and distributed in high schools in Cluj-Napoca, Bistrița and Bucharest, but also in pediatric psychiatric hospitals in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest.
In order to be more accessible to the Romanian teenagers, these psycho-educational materials can be accessed in audio format on the following platforms:
The information is delivered in a simple, evidence-based manner, and at the same time friendly and accessible for adolescents, to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and to increase awareness of the importance of mental health.
The handouts were created and edited by the psychologists of the Inocenți team in Cluj-Napoca, together with the Department of Psychology of the Babeș-Bolyai University and the resident doctors from the Pediatric Psychiatry and Addiction Clinic in Cluj-Napoca, under the supervision of Prof. dr. Viorel Lupu.
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