The campaign - "Teenage depression" is launched

The campaign - "Teenage depression" is launched

The next 15th edition of the nationwide social and educational campaign of the Forum Against Depression will be launched, which will run under the slogan "Teenage depression. Living online/offline - don't let your child log out of life.

The aim of this year's edition of the campaign - like the previous ones - is to sensitize adults to the problem of depression among adolescents, as well as to provide them with practical tips: how to recognize a child's illness, how to talk to him and support him in his illness, and where to seek help, but we also want to draw attention to how the pandemic affected the mental health of children and adolescents. Therefore, already in the first half of 2021, there will be 5 free online training courses for teachers and an open day for parents with lectures by experts in the field of psychiatry and child psychology, along with free online consultations with a psychiatrist.

Depression is a serious problem among teenagers, it is a serious illness, not a symptom of bad behaviour or rebellion. Growing up is a period of tension and conflict, which is why it is so easy to attribute the depressive symptoms to a youthful hormone storm. It is not a worse day, not laziness, not worse well-being, but a serious disease, the symptoms of which affect all the most important spheres of life. Children and adolescents are a sensitive group. For young people, even seemingly trivial events can be a tragedy in life. According to police statistics, only in 2020 as many as 107 Polish teenagers took their own lives, and 843 attempted suicide. However, the scale of the problem may be much larger, because the results of the study [1] of the Empowering Children Foundation on a representative sample show that 7% of people aged 13-17 declare that

The time of the pandemic is very difficult for adults, but it affects young people just as much, overnight in a situation that is beyond their control. Young people who led an active life, often filled with extra activities and activities, were suddenly confined to their homes. The entire daily schedule they had been implementing in different spaces was transferred to the four walls of their own home. Fear for the life of loved ones, isolation and limitation of contacts with the peer group - so important for a young person in adolescence - make the sense of security disturbed, it is more difficult to build self-esteem and social identity.

“In recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in patients who seek the help of a psychologist or psychiatrist. Among them, more and more often there are young people who report problems that may indicate depression or anxiety disorders - most often parents and school report behaviour problems, self-mutilation, decreased motivation to learn or increased irritability, but also increased complaints about various somatic ailments. The teenager's psyche is not fully stable, as puberty is a time of strong emotions and extremes, but it is worth remembering that in some adolescents the observed changes in functioning are difficult to associate with adolescence rebellion or fashion. Therefore, it is very important in such situations to have a good relationship with the parents or with another person who will help the child through the crisis. The absence of such a person may be associated with a heavy burden. - emphasizes Dr. Tomasz Srebnicki from the Department of Psychiatry of Developmental Age at the Medical University of Warsaw.

Research shows that during a pandemic, most children have difficulty concentrating, are irritable, and feel nervous, and feel lonely. Young people experiencing problems or a crisis often have no one in their environment to help them. Teenagers seek support from their peers, and these relationships have been greatly reduced during the pandemic. 75% of young people's biggest problem is the lack of contact with their peers. This limitation of social contacts is extremely difficult for them because in adolescence it is their peers and building relationships with them are the most important. Remote learning and many hours of computer work result in fatigue, and social isolation increases anxiety and the feeling of danger related to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, which has often become a trigger for depression.

“It is extremely important to be able to notice the slightest changes in the behaviour of children who call for help in a non-obvious way. Many people think that a teenager experiencing a crisis is someone who walks around depressed, avoids eye contact - this is not true. There are still many stereotypes about both mental disorders and suicide. Meanwhile, not noticing the problem on time can have the worst possible consequences, when health or life is at risk, ”emphasizes Lucyna Kicińska from the Polish Suicidological Society.

“When organizing the next, 15th edition of the Forum Against Depression campaign, we, first of all, put emphasis on reaching teachers and parents with support in the form of educational activities in a very real way. It is a response to the current needs resulting from the ongoing pandemic and the shift of work and education to a large extent remotely, making many people feel lonely and overwhelmed by the need to stay at home. This is especially difficult for children and adolescents who have limited contact with their peers and who spend a lot of time at home. This often causes frustration and affects their mental state. Young people feel exhausted, lonely, they do not receive proper support and understanding from their relatives - family or surroundings.

The goal of the Forum Against Depression campaign is to really help people suffering from depression and to make the society aware that it is not a condition that passes, but a disease that requires specialist support.

The campaign was sponsored by the Polish Psychiatric Association, the partners are the Foundation for Social Education, Porozmawmy.edu.pl and the Faces of Depression campaign.

Honorary patronage over the training for teachers was assumed by the Minister of National Education.

Online educational activities and activities planned as part of the campaign:

ONLINE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS

By June 2021, the campaign will include 5 online training courses for teachers on depression among young people. During meetings with experts, teachers, but also educators and school psychologists will receive ready-made tools to conduct a lesson on depression for their students. They will also gain knowledge that sensed them to subtle signals, children's cries for help that their parents and loved ones may not notice. Thanks to the online version of the training, participants from all over Poland can take part in them.

The aim of the training is to provide teachers with substantive knowledge as well as practical tips and tools that will enable them to conduct lessons on depression.

Scheduled training dates 2021

· 11.02 (Thu), 14:00;

· 25.02 (Thu) 10:00;

· 10.03 (Wed) 14:00;

· March 30 (Tue) 14:00;

· April 21 (Wed) 2 p.m.

1000 participants can take part in each training. So there is a chance to train as many as 5,000 teachers throughout the country in a short time.

OPEN DAY / February 20, 2021 / at 16: 00-21: 00

Traditionally, in the second half of February, there will be an open day 0, this time in the online version, which will include:

· From 16: 00-19: 00 free lectures by experts in the field of psychiatry and psychology of children and adolescents for all interested parties, especially for parents of teenagers.

The program includes information on how to recognize depression in a teenager, how to support children in illness and in a difficult time of a pandemic, why children increasingly want to "log out" of life, tips on how to talk to a child, how to communicate readiness to talk, how to ask about the teenager's emotions and feelings and where to seek help.

· From 19: 00-21: 00 chat with a psychiatrist (online).

FREE CONSULTATIONS February 22-26, 2021 / hour 17: 00-19: 00

The Antidepressant Telephone Forum Against Depression, with a psychiatrist on duty, will also last longer.

During the interview, a specialist can help a person suffering from depression or people who suspect depression in a loved one, to recognize and name the problem, as well as to seek support in their immediate surroundings. Of course, the Antidepressant Phone Forum Against Depression will never replace a visit to a specialist, but it enables the first, anonymous and free contact with a specialist - a psychiatrist. It can be used by everyone who is looking for support.

Throughout the year, you can visit the website www.forumprawydepresja.pl and the fan page on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ForumPrawyDepresja, where all important information about the campaign is posted on an ongoing basis.

Forum Against Depression Campaign

Each edition of the Forum Against Depression Campaign has been organized since 2007 on the occasion of the National Day for Combating Depression. Every year it is held under the substantive patronage of the Polish Psychiatric Association. A series of training for teachers entitled Teenage Depression is under the honorary patronage of the Minister of National Education.

So far, the campaign has covered approximately 10,000 people, nearly 1,000 people have benefited from free consultations, and 3,000 people have already participated in chatting with a doctor. The effect of reaching the public with information on depression is even greater when you also consider hundreds of articles and broadcasts on depression in the media.

[1] https://fdds.pl/baza_wiedzy/ogolnopolska-diagnoza-skali-i-uwarunkowan-krzywdzenia-dzieci-2018/

Source of information: Forum Against Depression

The next 15th edition of the nationwide social and educational campaign of the Forum Against Depression will be launched, which will run under the slogan "Teenage depression. Living online/offline - don't let your child log out of life. The aim of this year's edition of the campaign - like the previous ones - is to sensitize adults to the problem of depression among adolescents, as well as to provide them with practical tips: how to recognize a child's illness, how to talk to him and support him in his illness, and where to seek help, but we also want to draw attention to how the pandemic affected the mental health of children and adolescents.

Depression is a serious problem among teenagers, it is a serious illness, not a symptom of bad behaviour or rebellion. Growing up is a period of tension and conflict, which is why it is so easy to attribute the depressive symptoms to a youthful hormone storm. It is not a worse day, not laziness, not worse well-being, but a serious disease, the symptoms of which affect all the most important spheres of life. Children and adolescents are a sensitive group. For young people, even seemingly trivial events can be a tragedy in life. According to police statistics, only in 2020 as many as 107 Polish teenagers took their own lives, and 843 attempted suicide. However, the scale of the problem may be much larger, because the results of the study [1] of the Empowering Children Foundation on a representative sample show that 7% of people aged 13-17 declare that 

The time of the pandemic is very difficult for adults, but it affects young people just as much, overnight in a situation that is beyond their control. Young people who led an active life, often filled with extra activities and activities, were suddenly confined to their homes. The entire daily schedule they had been implementing in different spaces was transferred to the four walls of their own home. Fear for the life of loved ones, isolation and limitation of contacts with the peer group - so important for a young person in adolescence - make the sense of security disturbed, it is more difficult to build self-esteem and social identity.

“In recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in patients who seek the help of a psychologist or psychiatrist. Among them, more and more often there are young people who report problems that may indicate depression or anxiety disorders - most often parents and school report behaviour problems, self-mutilation, decreased motivation to learn or increased irritability, but also increased complaints about various somatic ailments. The teenager's psyche is not fully stable, as puberty is a time of strong emotions and extremes, but it is worth remembering that in some adolescents the observed changes in functioning are difficult to associate with adolescence rebellion or fashion. Therefore, it is very important in such situations to have a good relationship with the parents or with another person who will help the child through the crisis. The absence of such a person may be associated with a heavy burden. - emphasizes Dr. Tomasz Srebnicki from the Department of Psychiatry of Developmental Age at the Medical University of Warsaw.

Research shows that during a pandemic, most children have difficulty concentrating, are irritable, and feel nervous, and feel lonely. Young people experiencing problems or a crisis often have no one in their environment to help them. Teenagers seek support from their peers, and these relationships have been greatly reduced during the pandemic. 75% of young people's biggest problem is the lack of contact with their peers. This limitation of social contacts is extremely difficult for them because in adolescence it is their peers and building relationships with them are the most important. Remote learning and many hours of computer work result in fatigue, and social isolation increases anxiety and the feeling of danger related to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, which has often become a trigger for depression.

“It is extremely important to be able to notice the slightest changes in the behaviour of children who call for help in a non-obvious way. Many people think that a teenager experiencing a crisis is someone who walks around depressed, avoids eye contact - this is not true. There are still many stereotypes about both mental disorders and suicide. Meanwhile, not noticing the problem on time can have the worst possible consequences, when health or life is at risk, ”emphasizes Lucyna Kicińska from the Polish Suicidological Society.

“When organizing the next, 15th edition of the Forum Against Depression campaign, we, first of all, put emphasis on reaching teachers and parents with support in the form of educational activities in a very real way. It is a response to the current needs resulting from the ongoing pandemic and the shift of work and education to a large extent remotely, making many people feel lonely and overwhelmed by the need to stay at home. This is especially difficult for children and adolescents who have limited contact with their peers and who spend a lot of time at home. This often causes frustration and affects their mental state. Young people feel exhausted, lonely, they do not receive proper support and understanding from their relatives - family or surroundings.

The goal of the Forum Against Depression campaign is to really help people suffering from depression and to make the society aware that it is not a condition that passes, but a disease that requires specialist support.

The campaign was sponsored by the Polish Psychiatric Association, the partners are the Foundation for Social Education, Porozmawmy.edu.pl and the Faces of Depression campaign.

Honorary patronage over the training for teachers was assumed by the Minister of National Education.

Online educational activities and activities planned as part of the campaign:

ONLINE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS

By June 2021, the campaign will include 5 online training courses for teachers on depression among young people. During meetings with experts, teachers, but also educators and school psychologists will receive ready-made tools to conduct a lesson on depression for their students. They will also gain knowledge that sensed them to subtle signals, children's cries for help that their parents and loved ones may not notice. Thanks to the online version of the training, participants from all over Poland can take part in them.

The aim of the training is to provide teachers with substantive knowledge as well as practical tips and tools that will enable them to conduct lessons on depression.

Scheduled training dates 2021

· 11.02 (Thu), 14:00;

· 25.02 (Thu) 10:00;

· 10.03 (Wed) 14:00;

· March 30 (Tue) 14:00;

· April 21 (Wed) 2 p.m.

1000 participants can take part in each training. So there is a chance to train as many as 5,000 teachers throughout the country in a short time.

OPEN DAY / February 20, 2021 / at 16: 00-21: 00

Traditionally, in the second half of February, there will be an open day 0, this time in the online version, which will include:

· From 16: 00-19: 00 free lectures by experts in the field of psychiatry and psychology of children and adolescents for all interested parties, especially for parents of teenagers.

The program includes information on how to recognize depression in a teenager, how to support children in illness and in a difficult time of a pandemic, why children increasingly want to "log out" of life, tips on how to talk to a child, how to communicate readiness to talk, how to ask about the teenager's emotions and feelings and where to seek help.

· From 19: 00-21: 00 chat with a psychiatrist (online).

FREE CONSULTATIONS February 22-26, 2021 / hour 17: 00-19: 00

The Antidepressant Telephone Forum Against Depression, with a psychiatrist on duty, will also last longer.

During the interview, a specialist can help a person suffering from depression or people who suspect depression in a loved one, to recognize and name the problem, as well as to seek support in their immediate surroundings. Of course, the Antidepressant Phone Forum Against Depression will never replace a visit to a specialist, but it enables the first, anonymous and free contact with a specialist - a psychiatrist. It can be used by everyone who is looking for support.

Throughout the year, you can visit the website www.forumprawydepresja.pl and the fan page on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/ForumPrawyDepresja, where all important information about the campaign is posted on an ongoing basis.

Forum Against Depression Campaign

Each edition of the Forum Against Depression Campaign has been organized since 2007 on the occasion of the National Day for Combating Depression. Every year it is held under the substantive patronage of the Polish Psychiatric Association. A series of training for teachers entitled Teenage Depression is under the honorary patronage of the Minister of National Education.

So far, the campaign has covered approximately 10,000 people, nearly 1,000 people have benefited from free consultations, and 3,000 people have already participated in chatting with a doctor. The effect of reaching the public with information on depression is even greater when you also consider hundreds of articles and broadcasts on depression in the media.

[1]https://fdds.pl/baza_wiedzy/ogolnopolska-diagnoza-skali-i-uwarunkowan-krzywdzenia-dzieci-2018/

Source of information: Forum Against Depression

 

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