Forms of support

Forms of support
Main Topic
Health – Mental
Additional Topic(s)
Health - Physical
Solidarity - Social Activities
Duration
30-60 minutes
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
Goal(s)
- Recognising problems
- Confronting stereotypes and prejudices about mental health
- To become familiar with institutions working in the field of mental health, counselling, information, youth work, and violence.
- Promoting empathy and openness to difference

Desired outcomes:
Participants will learn about the different institutions working in the country, they will deepen their understanding of the problems of others, they will gain knowledge on how to approach acquaintances, and friends who have problems.
Overview of Activity
This activity encourages participants to think about physical and mental health and the forms of help available for the different problems we face. Participants will think about how they would help themselves and/or others who find themselves in difficulty in different situations.
Description of Activity
Methodology
- Working in threes, working with examples, group reflection

Materials
- We prepare brochures or websites that we display of institutions working in the field of mental health, in the field of counselling and information for young people, in the field of violence and helping families.
- Sheets with written situations of young people in trouble


The leader prepares all the necessary information about institutions, NGOs, informal forms of assistance and prepares power points or brochures with the names of the organizations and their descriptions. Briefly introduce the organizations and invite the participants to ask questions about the presentation.
Then divide the participants into groups of three. The leader gives each group a description of the situation of the unknown young person. Prepare as many situations as there are triplets.

Example of a situation:
Zala is an eighth-grade student. She sends pictures of her body via Snapchat, where she is underdressed. Some of her classmates post these pictures on Facebook, but Zala does not see it because she does not have a Facebook profile. What kind of comments do you think were written under the Facebook post? These comments are not necessarily something you would write, but what you think Zala's peers would write.
Then read through the comments together and focus on whether there are more negative or positive comments. We continue the debate through the following questions:
How did you feel when you wrote these comments?
How do you think Zala felt when she found out about the post and the comments?
How would you have acted as her peer if you had received her pictures? Would you have sent them on?
How would you have acted when you saw the post? Would you have reacted? How?
How would you help Zala?
Does anyone have experience of online violence? Is anyone willing to share?
Finally, let's renew the institutions that can help Zala in her time of need!

Then, in a similar way, we reflect on all the other situations that the participants of the triads have experienced.
Sources & Additional Materials
Internal material from the 2nd year social pedagogy students in 2023.
Additional Notes
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