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“Protecting youth mental health, protecting our future", YE in Cologne, Germany /15 - 22/12/2023

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Project Name: Youth Exchange “Protecting youth mental health, protecting our future.

Activity: Youth Exchange in Germany. The Protecting youth mental health, protecting our future project will involve 42 participants from Germany, Bulgaria, Nederlands, Croatia, Malta, Portugal and Cyprus in Cologne, Germany from 15-22 0f December 2023.

Youth Exchange: 15 (arrival) – 22 (departure) .12.2023, Cologne Germany

Accommodation: The accommodation will be in Cologne Germany in the city center close to the cathedral and will be a 5 to 6 beds room youth hostel – Hostel Station Address: Station – Hostel, Marzellenstr. 44-56 50668 Cologne / Germany

Food: The venue of the training will serve the participants with 3- times-a-day meals and snacks and beverages for the coffee breaks.

Participants: 5+1 participants from 7 countries.

Total of 42 participants

Profile of the participants:

Each national should be represented by 6 participants, gender balance 50-50 % need to be manage and organized

(5 participants aged 18-30 and 1 national leader with +18)

For the participants’ selection the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

➢ Mix of existing and experienced participants but also participants who are new or newish to the topic but interested

in the process of digital technology, IT, digital youth work, networking, data management

➢ Demonstration of social sensibilities (socially active students/volunteers with a role in local communities and

interested in the topic of the project).

➢ Participants particularly active at local level, running youth empowerment initiatives.

➢ Ready to actively participate in the whole project (preparation, training course and follow-up).

➢ Ready to share personal intercultural stereotypes and experiences and analyze them from different perspectives.

➢ Experienced or interested in working with Erasmus+ program

What is the project about?

The crisis with the C19 virus has caused major changes in the lifestyle of young people. With schools closing and events cancelled, many teens are missing out on the biggest moments of their young lives - as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and attending class. In the process of isolation and home quarantine, the use of digital technology has grown rapidly. Participants actively used digital tools during online teaching that contributed to increased depression and stress in young people. According to the WHO report - Investing in MENTAL HEALTH, as many as 450 million people suffer from a mental or behavioural disorder in the world. Nearly 1 million people commit suicide every year, four of the six leading causes of years lived with disability are due to neuropsychiatric disorders (depression, alcohol-use disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). One in four families has at least one member with a mental disorder. Family members are often the primary caregivers of people with mental disorders.

The issues:

The intensive use of digital technology during the pandemic has caused an increase in depression, stress and distress among young people. According to EU research, as many as 60% of young people aged 18-24 in the EU suffer from emotional distress due to the current pandemic situation. Digital technology has a negative effect on the mental health of young people and disrupts their normal psycho-physical growth and development. The number of non-pecuniary effects of limited social activity is increasing from month to month and young people are experiencing a negative impact on health that affects their daily activity and productivity. NGOs and youth leaders, volunteers, activists faced a new challenge and that is organizing webinars and online activities.

Needs and issues of the project:

- Need for training and improvement of the competencies of the youth in the field of mental health protection

- Need to guide the youth how to be sport active and to use yoga as a mechanism for stress control

- Need to gain new international experience and knowledge of youth leaders, getting closer to new EU practices and

educational methodologies

- Need to promote marginalized youth with less Erasmus+ experience target of discrimination


- Bringing young people closer to the mental health hazards of overuse of digital technology during self-isolation and pandemics

- Creating tools to motivate young people to actively participate in active sports activities in order to protect their mental health

- Defining tools for solving the social problems of young people related to mental health and creating motivation for active participation of young people in the process of youth activism

- Development of new initiatives for promotion of ideas for protection of mental health and raising public health awareness

- Exploring new creative and innovative methods for creating dialogue, promoting a different culture, diversity and equal health rights for all EU citizens

Aplication for Interest of Participation:

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