14 – 15:00 Registration and coffee
15:00 Opening of the seminar
Seija Astala, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland and
Christie Stiphout, Senior Policy Adviser, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Netherlands
15:15 Mental health promotion and the importance of the participation of young people. Policy framework.
Dr. Kristian Wahlbeck, Development Manager, Finnish Association for Mental Health
15:30 Introduction to the topics of the seminar
Elina Marjamäki, Project Coordinator, Finnish Association for Mental Health
15:45 Address by the European Commission
Michalis Moschovakos, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Youth, Volunteer Solidarity and Traineeships Office.
16:00 Education of youth workers on mental health
Eeva Sinisalo-Juha, Senior Lecturer, HUMAK - University of Applied Sciences, Finland
16:15 Discussion and sharing of ideas
16:45 Break (snacks and fruits)
17:00 Social media and games. Towards the discussion of opportunities.
Mikko Meriläinen, Researcher, University of Helsinki
17:30 Mental; A case study on the power of drama, social media and NGOs.
Jenna Karas, Producer, Finnish Broadcasting Company
The solution: Mental Chat
Satu Raappana, Manager of Online Crises Services, Finnish Association for Mental Health
Dinner at restaurant Sea Pool
Katajanokanlaituri 2 a
9:15 Does it hurt to be lonely?
Niina Junttila, Associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Research Centre for Child Psychiatry. Presentation + discussion
9:45 – 12:00 Learning Café
- The participants will be divided into 3 groups.
- Each group will visit all the workshops (A, B and C).
- Each workshop lasts 45 minutes, incl. one or two presentations on the theme, discussion and sharing of ideas. The time includes a short break and moving on to the next workshop.
- Each presentation will be held three times.
Theme: Peer to peer education
Youth Mental Health Associaton – Yeesi
Buddy Café, Migrant Youth Helsinki Project
Dutch Youth Council: Peer to peer learning, project of Dutch Youth Council “hoofdzaken” on mental health and participation
Amy Woodhouse, Children of Scotland
Music Against Drugs; Ink-teams (video)
Peter Ritsema: Learning by doing
Theme: Creativity in socially empowering youth work
Ursula Hallas, Sanni Sihvola; FinFami Space Project
10.30–11.15 2nd round of workshops
11.15–12 3rd round of workshops
The discussions of each workshop will be shared on Friday morning.
13 – 15 Workshops
The workshop will explore education from various viewpoints: mental health and education of youth workers, peer education, the possibilities of web-based training. Good practices and hands-on experiences will be shared as well as models for supporting young people in their studies.
Facilitator: Eeva Sinisalo-Juha
Introduction of the participants
- Education and mental health promotion – The NYCI Approach, Rosemary Scott, Ireland
- peer-to-peer education through the Comenius regio program “bullying among adolescents: prevention and treatment in the school environment of Greece and Cyprus, Panagiota Karkaletsi, Greece
- Inclusive applied learning as a means of mental health recovery. Bryan Magro, Youth Inc. Malta
- A model for supporting studies of young people with mental health issues. Erkki Ukkola, Nadia Hynninen, Rasmus Ojala, Helsinki & East Helsinki Clubhouse, Finland
- Building resilience of youth workers to support their own mental health using CBT and the FRIENDS program, Kathryn Wall, Carlow Regional Youth Services Ltd., Ireland
- Web-based training and cooperation between FAMH and preventive substance abuse work. Heidi Odell, HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Finland
- Concrete examples of teaching mental health as a skill within youth work. Iida Enqvist and Hanna Hänninen, Riihimäki Youth Work, Finland
- On education of scouting leaders on inclusion and mental health issues. Monika van Boheemen, Scouting Netherlands
Social media and games
In this workshop we will explore the opportunities that the social media and games provide us and how they can be utilised for higher good in terms of mental health.
Facilitator: Mikko Meriläinen
Introduction of the participants
- Virtual reality at your service; Testing, Kim Härkönen, YMCA (3D)
- Work with youth through Online. Daniel Soomer, Peaasi, Estonia
- Educational needs of youth-related workers in order to use digital tools for supporting mental health of young people, Trevor Lakey, Scotland
- Strengthening mental health with My Mind –application (Mental Health Hand in your phone), Riikka Nurmi, FAMH
- Mind your selfie from walk in my shoes program, Ms. Madge O’Callaghan, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Ireland
- Social Media as a tool for Inclusion: Perceptions and experiences from the Greek educational context, Athina-Anna Christopoulou, Greece.
- Moderated peer support in an online discussion group. Experiences of an ongoing intervention study, Sanna Aaltonen, Youth Research Network
- Are you awake at 3AM? Enhancing the participation of young people with memes and live-meets. Sami Kieksi
- The possibilities and meaning of VR, Kim Härkönen, YMCA
Mental health first aid
A global training concept for educating about mental health. In this workshop we will explore the concept and its variations and possibilities in helping young people and strengthening the skills of youth workers and professionals working with youth.
Introduction of the participants
- Mental health belongs to everyone. Mental health first aid in Finland. Ritva Karila-Hietala. Finnish Association for mental health
- Mental health first aid. Evelien Wagemakers. GGZ Eindhoven
- Adapting and delivering mental health first aid for fire rescue workers and migrant offshore aid station workers; reflections on youth work, Daniela Calleja Bitar. Richmond Foundation.
- Creating mental health first aid for immigrant work. Tomi Pruuki. FAMH
- Young mind first aid. Ritva Karila-Hietala. FAMH
- Skills in Crisis; Cooperation between youth work and regional crisis work. Maiju Haltia-Nurmi. Allianssi
15:00 Coffee and snacks
15:30 Poster stop, networking, sharing of ideas, discussion (60 min)
17:30 Departure for the evening activity
18:00 Performance by Dance Hearts
19:30 Dinner at Restaurant LOOP
Address: Lapinlahdentie 1
9:30 #BOX drama and a story behind it, Mintressi Project, Aspa Foundation
10:00 Presentation of the recommendations by the Workshops held on Thursday. Discussion.
- Peer to Peer Education
- Creative methods
- Social media and Games
- Mental Health First Aid
11:30 Mental Health Power material (in progress), Elina Marjamäki, Finnish Association for Mental Health
11:40 Looking back at Amsterdam, what has happened in between and looking forward to Rotterdam, Caroline Vink and Marja Valkestijn, Netherland Youth Institute
12:00 Closing of the seminar
Lunch and departure
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