The current project on mental health and wellbeing builds forth on a previous Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership that addressed more structural and methodological needs of youth workers and youth organisations. In this past project (2019-2021) among others, a theoretical framework on the promotion of positive mental health, two practical manuals for youth workers and youth organisations and a youth worker training curriculum were developed. These publications can be found in the resource section of this website.
Where this previous project mainly focussed on providing the youth workers with competencies to be better able to promote the wellbeing of young people, the current project aims to directly improve the positive mental health and wellbeing of young people. This will happen through the development of a mobile app that will support young people in the development of their social and emotional competencies (e.g. optimism, social skills, conflict resolving, emotional intelligence, self-esteem), as these have shown to be crucial for a young persons’ psychological resilience and optimal functioning in society, and their psychological self-care. As well the project will support youth workers in their transition from physical to digital (or blended) youth work through the development of specific digital PMH promotion competencies of youth work.
The project will address young people aged 16-25 years of age. More concretely, the project has the following objectives:
• To develop and pilot test an evidence based and practice informed mobile app that will support young people in the development of their mental health and wellbeing.
• 150 young people from 5 countries will be involved in the piloting of the beta version of the application, of which 75 will be young people with fewer opportunities
• To develop a training curriculum for youth workers that will enable them to be able to perform
online mentoring/support for the young people who use the application.
• 25 youth workers will be trained in the use of the application and its online mentor function.