Sofia,, October 10, 2021 – On World Mental Health Day, October 10, UNICEF Bulgaria launches a national campaign in support of the mental health of children and youth “Beyond Smiles. How are you against? “.
A large number of children and young people are struggling with anxiety, depression, tissue and other negative emotions, the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation and learning disorders that love the crisis among adolescents. Over time, the subject is rarely spoken about openly, and young people are embarrassed or ashamed to seek help when confronted with complaints about the psyche of your health.
The aim of the UNICEF campaigns is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health, to spread the stigma around this topic in society and to propose a solution – creating an online platform for self-care for mental health, which includes strategies for implementation and sustainability.
“When the mental impact of children’s health is neglected, it remains an obstacle for them to get involved, to achieve, to build full-fledged relationships and to contribute to society. Prohibits breaking the silence on this topic, showing breaking down, taking the experiences of children and young people seriously, and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health“
– said Christina de Brown, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria.
A UNICEF Bulgaria study from 2020 showed that in a state of emergency for COVID-19, teenagers in Bulgaria experience much more negative emotions. Four times more loneliness is experienced, three times more anger and irritation, two times more fear.
“I feel lost in your thoughts. I’m not productive and I’m very lonely. “
– shared a teenager in a UNICEF study.
The reason not to seek a professional helper if the negative emotional experiences are strong is most often anxiety or shame (63%) or ignorance where to look for helpers (17%), according to the results of a survey conducted in U-Report Bulgaria in 2020. In order to implement it, young people should try or ignore the experiences (41%), or to apply to negative practices that are assessed as healthy (33%).
1 in 5 deaths in middle-aged people aged 15-19 in the EU are caused by self-employment, according to the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in middle-aged adolescents in Europe. Over time, 9 million adolescents aged 10 to 19 in Europe live with a mental disorder according to UNICEF’s Global Global Place for Children 2021. Data for Bulgaria include that 11% of girls and boys aged 10-19 have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Globally, only about 2% of government budgets for health care are spent on mental health, and on unlocking the benefits to the economy of overcoming mental disorders in young people globally, rising to $ 390 billion each year, the London School of Economics estimates. in the UNICEF report.
As part of the campaign, UNICEF Bulgaria will use funds to build an online platform for maintaining the mental health of children and young people. In any case, information will be collected from professionals about the most common mental states – depression, anxiety, self-employment and suicidal ideation, eating disorders, harassment, stress, etc., as well as ways to overcome them. Teenagers will be able to find and tell their peers to realize how important it is to help and learn about various positive coping strategies through experience, sports, music, volunteering, etc. The space in the platform will also include various self-help tools – tips for managing and relieving stress, overcoming bad moods and anxiety, dealing with loneliness, building healthy relationships, breathing and relaxation techniques. The platform will also bring together the contacts of support services, which teenagers can turn to if they fail to cope on their own.
Celebrities who support the campaigns send goodwill to UNICEF Elena Petrova and Vladimir Ampov – Grafa, as well as Sonya Yoncheva, Evelina Pavlova, Madeleine Algafari, Alexandra Algafari, Andrea Banda Banda, Ivet Goranova, Ivet Lalova, Geri Turidevska and Boris B Christina and Ivaylo from Aide BG.
The campaign is supported by the long-standing supporters of UNICEF Bulgaria in the face of Nova Broadcasting Group and Netinfo as a major media partner. Key government institutions, incorrect organizations and young networks are established and maintained. You can only see here.
Everyone can support the creation of the platform through discretion to UNICEF to help teens prevent depression and anxiety, then ways:
- online at dari.unicef.bg
- monthly donations via SMS of BGN 5 or 10 by sending an SMS with text 5 or 2×5 to number 1021. VAT and fees are not charged to the subscribers of all mobile operators.
- by bank transfer to the donation account of UNICEF Bulgaria: IBAN BG34RZBB91551065034919.