Fundación Manantial, a member of Somos Patients, has launched the #Rayadas project, in collaboration with the General Directorate for Community Youth of Madrid, for the care of mental health and emotional well-being in adolescents from educational centers.
The aim of the initiative is to develop a socio-educational intervention that improves the knowledge and emotional and mental health management of the youth population, who will be encouraged to participate in learning about their condition and provide care to their peers. To be included in will be included. Mental health is a relevant issue that needs attention.
Specifically, the direct beneficiaries of the project will be 140 teenagers aged 14 and 14 from two educational centers in Madrid, to whom the Foundation explains, “We will provide quality information, resources and tools and we will propose that they reach other people.” Be a speaker to reach young people who may need them, in their own words and on their own channels.”
Overall, and apart from the direct beneficiaries, the initiative is expected to impact 350 family members, 150 teachers and 1,500 students of the institutions where it will take place.
The mental health and emotional well-being of young people has become a major societal concern following the pandemic. In fact, recently published studies indicate that one in three youth between the ages of 12 and 19 have admitted to feeling emotional distress in the past 12 months, including anxiety (27%), depression (15), %) and has shown a very significant increase. Manifestations of acute distress such as self-harm lead to up to 40% of hospitalizations in psychiatric units in this population.
Pessimism and demotivation
In addition, the rate of suicidal ideation increased to 10.8% in this group and, beyond clinical manifestations, there was also a lack of motivation to perform activities, pessimism about the future, and increased perceptions of a lack of meaning. Has been. or purpose. And as the Fundación Manantial points out, “research also shows that, despite these statistics, more than 40% of young people experiencing emotional distress have not sought help from specialized services.”
Hence the importance of the #Raidas project, which incorporates in its objectives the relationships built by young people, their positive potential with information and communication technologies (TIRC), addressing both support and information as well as the risks involved Has gone. problematic use.
Thus, at the final stage of the project, a campaign will be created jointly with the participants, which will make it possible to provide accessible content and quality information on mental health care on the TikTok social network, led by young people themselves. That they will be disseminated through the network of both the Manantial Foundation and the educational centers.