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Mental health
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We have a collection of projects dealing with mental health. Here are some of them. The selection is in random order and may not show all examples we have (we are constantly working on new examples), so feel free to browse our TOOLBOX or GOOD PRACTICE area for more information.

MindMatters - Promotion of mental health through education (Germany)
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Originally from Australia, MindMatters is a school based programme for the promotion of mental health in secondary schools (Grade 5 – 10). The German language adaptation was developed and pilot tested within a research project under the lead of Prof. Dr. Peter Paulus at the Leuphana University Lueneburg from 2002 to 2006. MindMatters is a setting approach and aims at all persons involved in school such as pupils, school heads and non-teaching staff as well as at affiliated outside the school.

Mental Health Awareness Onlne Course (Canada)
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To stimulate actions improving behaviours which lead to conditions of psychophysical well-being, getting over situations of discomfort and uneasiness. To support information and prevention of risk behaviours and the abuse of drugs. To stimulate the behaviors aimed at a healthy nutritional education, responsible sexual education, and at enhancing relationships with others.

Mental Health Workplace Programmes (Singapore)
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Mental well-being is important for a productive workforce and a healthy workplace. Our Mental Health Workplace Programmes aim to equip employees and employers with skills and knowledge to take charge of their own mental well-being and to create a supportive environment.
The objective of the Management Training programme is to equip managers and HR personnel with self-care knowledge and skills to be supportive leaders at the workplace. It consists of a 1 day core workplace mental health workshop, and 2 half-day supplementary workshops (optional) to build capacity in the area of workplace mental health and wellbeing. Each workshop is catered for 30 pax* and can be held on-site at companies.

Ultimate Guide to Mental Health (UK)
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As, following HSE research results, 1 out of 4 people might presumably suffer with mental health difficulties at some point of his/her work life, it is very important to talk about his topic. CRAMS puts a focus on mental illness in this article, and offers a mental health workplan in six stages. Physical activities, as well as several actions to raise awareness for mental problems (such as stress, depression and anxiety) are possible ways to make these problems transparent at the workplace, talk about them and do a first step in preventing mental health problems.

NokNok (Belgium)
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The Flanders Institute of Healthy Living launched a new tool to increase the mental resilience of adolescents (NokNok). Using a combination of online coaching, mental health tips, and exercises, it motivates and stimulates adolescents to strengthen their mental wellbeing and resilience. On this newly developed interactive coaching platform, adolescents learn how to cope with stressors, to improve their self-confidence and to develop a positive vision on life. The tool is easily accessible and young people can use it on their own pace.

Education in health (Italy)
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This course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important. You will learn the difference between mental well-being and mental illness, factors that put people at risk, and the roles of early intervention and promotion of mental well-being at work.

UPSI visits the wizard (Germany)
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Upsi is a comic character, created by the Accident Insurance Berlin to rise awareness for OSH topics in a playful way. Eight books and one radio play have been released until now. This book teaches children how to deal with feelings, for their mental health. Every Kindergarten in Berlin can get this book for free and use it.

Positive Mental Health Toolkit (Canada)
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Recognizing that for many students school is a source of social connection, safety, and belonging, the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) develops resources on Positive Mental Health from a Mental Resilience Quick Scan, to positive psychology themes in school health, to a literature review and better practices document: Schools as a Setting for Promoting Positive Mental Health: Better Practices and Perspectives, to the Positive Mental Health Toolkit.

ANKe (department of neurophysiological child development in the school administration) (Germany)
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ANKe offers preventive and supervisory support for promotion of integral (body, mind and spirit) development of children primarily through the medium of exercise. Cases of motor restlessness, abnormal perception behaviour, impaired concentration, specific learning difficulties, and postural complaints are increasingly being observed in schools.

KidsMatter (Australia)
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OUTWARD BOUND offers schools, colleges and interested young people powerful learning experiences - outdoors. We focus on the educational objectives and develop mental needs with programmes that change lives, build teams and transform schools. A multitude of young people - pupils, students, apprentices, trainees... - have already been taking home estimable experiences from their group outings.

Outward Bound (Germany)
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KidsMatter includes KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care; and KidsMatter Primary Schools, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools.
Each initiative involves the people who have a significant influence on children’s lives – parents, carers, families, child care professionals, teachers and community groups – in making a positive difference for children’s mental health.

HOW (Czech Republic)
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The H.O.W. education programme focuses on educating persons who understand the value of health and strives at responding to practical life situations. Under educational instruction strategies a pupil is taught how to develop, protect physical, mental and social health and to be responsible for them.

School Education Programme (Czech Republic)
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The school helps pupils to create and develop so-called key competencies and to give a basis of their general education which is a set of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits to be applicable in different situations, everyday life and will enable the pupils to be involved in a situation in an active manner.

Master of OSH (Master in Occupational Hazards (Risks) Management and Master in Construction Safety Management and Coordination) (Spain)
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The master studies are divided into a Common part that is obligatory and a optional specialisation. The subjects in the common part are: Fundamentals of the Techniques for Improving Working Conditions, Safety at Work, Industrial Health, Occupational Medicine, Applied Ergonomics and Psychology.

Age based work structure and health promotion at Rowenta factory GmbH (Germany)
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With this project it was possible to improve the personal health behaviour of the employees, especially older workers. The working conditions became more healthy and there is a demonstrable improvement of the work climate and therewith the motivation of the employees.

3rd Career Revitalisation (Czech Republic)
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This programme, developed by EXPERTIS, Prague, is supposed to help elder employees to deal with changes in their life and work environment. This programme has two target groups. Firstly personnel managers and directors are offered an advisory service on how to develop changes in the corporate process which are geared to the 50+, furthermore employees 50+ of the middle management receive a revitalization course.

Health promotion and management (Germany)
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In the first year basic knowledge in the fields of law, administrative sciences, social policy, pedagogic, psychology, sociology, statistics, public health, social medicine, biology, are taught. Additionally training of competence, orientation towards practical and occupational areas are fields within this studies. In the second year expert knowledge and methods of health promotion, e.g. research methods, judicial and social political basics, economics and management in welfare and public health, organisational development, workplace health promotion are relevant topics.

The ARMI Project: Ar and Mi at school (Denmark)
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Through different activities the trolls explain why a good and psychological environment at school is important. Ar and Mi are accompanying through the various materials. Pupils hereby investigate the environment, form concepts and ideas about it, take action on it, and form opinions about it.

Wingspan – Comprehensive Programs that strengthen children’s skills for Life (USA)
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The Als's Pals package includes a comprehensive curriculum and two days of extensive workshop training for teachers, instructional assistants, administrators, and resource specialists such as education coordinators, guidance counselors, and school psychologists. The training highlights how to integrate Al's Pals into all aspects of daily teaching.

Be-Prox (Switzerland)
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The program wants to show definitions and different forms of bullying, bullying roles (actor, victim, bystanders). Topics are e.g.: early recognition bullying in the class arrangements with the pupils and boundaries moral courage getting help respect, tolerance and acceptance.

Picnic-basket for the prevention of stress attacks (Germany)
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The picnic-basket is a micro-site with different interactive offers on: coping with stress; managing and cooperation; communication; qualification and emotional competence. The following offers are made to these topics: online-tests on stress short films from everyday working life, which can be commented on Listening-potpourri „The emotional parachute“ on the topic of emotional competence in the hospitality industry Poster, brochure and articles.

The Buddy Program (Germany)
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In this project, younger pupils get a „buddy“ (an older pupil), who accompanies them through their school time and helps them in several ways. Aims of this project are: strengthen social competencies and means of conflict resolution, enhance communication and cooperation of teachers, pupils and parents.

work. in tune with life. move europe (Europe)
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In a European campaign „work. in tune with life. move europe“, the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) started an initiative to help promote mental health in workplaces. The campaign is co-funded by the European Comission under the Public Health Programme 2003 - 2008.
Under the leadership of the BKK Bundesverband (Federal Association of Company Health Insurance Funds), National Contact Office Germany, the 8th ENWHP pan-European initiative aims to:
· Increase the awareness of companies and the general public about the needs and benefits of mental health promotion at work
· Attract companies to take part in the campaign and to convince them that investments in workplace mental health promotion initiatives are worthwhile.
· Design practical measures and models for promoting mental health in workplace settings and encourage an exchange of experience in this field.

To learn more, go to our TOOLBOX and type in the title of the example, go to the GOOD PRACTICE area (if the example is presented there) or follow the link to the project web site.