08 December 2022

“You are welcome here, and people are ready to help you”

In Belarus, 26 per cent of young people aged 15 to 19 have suicidal thoughts, and 18 per cent of young people have depressive symptoms.* Children are very vulnerable at this age. Change is happening everywhere: from your own growing body to your familiar environment (exams, college, university). Going through all this with the support of…, About psychologists, About 30 psychologists collaborate with the platform today. There were certain selection requirements to them. These were documents proving higher specialized education and at least 3 years working experience. Psychologists filled out an application, and then they were interviewed. If the interview was successful, the psychologist could undergo…, About peer counselors, Peer counselors are not psychologists, but peers. They do not provide psychological assistance: they communicate and provide support based on their personal experience. Their task is to listen carefully, talk, and refer people to a psychologist if they feel it is needed. Today all peer counsels on the platform are students of the Institute of …, About the platform user age, There is no way we can monitor who signs up for a psychologist, especially when it comes to counseling without a video. However, in Belarus, psychological assistance for children without notifying the parents may only be provided to 14 year olds or older adolescents. Children under 14 need parental permission. That is, children under 14 may not…, About self-help, If a young person finds it challenging to contact a specialist even in a text or audio/video format, then the person can read more on the website . The website has FAQs by adolescents: about self-doubt, about dissatisfaction with their appearance, about bullying and cyberbullying, about relationships with parents. These are the questions most…
22 July 2022

Turn barriers into opportunities

"Six months ago, I faced a problem: Ulyana needed to switch to homeschooling, and I needed to quit my job and stay with my daughter," says Elena, mother of Ulyana (15) who has cerebral palsy and severe visual impairment.  Ulyana studies in the 7th grade in an integrated class at a general education school. Until recently, the girl couldn't sit on…, Study together, "Ulyana is looking forward to the lessons. She knows the timetable by heart. Sometimes I forget and ask her: 'Ulyana, what lesson do we have now?' She responds right away," says Inna, a special needs teacher, as we look around the classroom at school No.1 in Berezovka, where the classes take place. Ulyana is at a school summer camp now, but during…, Lonely lessons, We started talking about homeschooling and Elena became gloomy. Six months ago, the question of leaving school was seriously discussed. The chair and the desk at school did not suit the girl. The desk was not adjustable and the girl couldn't have the textbook at eye level. And the chair did not hold Ulyana properly – she was slipping off it.…, What is the problem?, In Belarus, about 186,000 children have a disability or psychophysical developmental disorders. Every tenth such child does not go to school. The reason is both physical barriers (only one school out of ten provides a barrier-free environment) and the society's attitude towards children with disabilities. Our task as adults is to create learning…, How you can help, To support other children like Ulyana, you can take part in the Move4Good inclusive sports project and make a donation. The Move4Good charity project will begin in July with some online activities – there will be training sessions for adults and children, including famous athletes and popular bloggers. And it will end with the Children's Run at…
08 April 2022

"I was afraid they wouldn't understand me"

"Two years ago I had a bad company, I neglected my studies, started drinking and quarreled with my parents about it," says Polina frankly. At the age of 15, she faced the commission on juvenile affairs and underwent resuscitation after alcohol poisoning. Strict conversations with parents and the juvenile inspector did not help. They needed to use…, As trainers see it, "What was the situation before?" says Alexey Ananenko, chairman of the NGO World without Borders. "A child had a police record, and if they committed a crime, they first went before the prevention council, then they had a session with a psychologist and a social pedagogue, and then the specialists developed a plan of further actions." Aleksey…, As adolescents see it, "When I was on my way to the psychologist, I imagined that I would listen to instructions," says Polina. "I was very afraid that they would not understand me. And instead they would scold, blame and criticize me. It turned out that there are very nice people working at the SPC who help you in difficult situations. It was very important for me to…, As psychologists see it, "We received an offer from UNICEF and the NGO World Without Borders to participate in the Teens in contact with law project," says Anna Ivanova, a psychologist at the SPC of the Leninski district of Minsk. "At first I didn't really believe in the idea of ​​this project. Usually the work with teenagers is built on the following principle: "Petya,…, Who can apply to the SPC counseling centers?, Adolescents themselves, their parents (or legal representatives), as well as school teachers (psychologists) can apply for help to the counseling centers. It doesn’t matter if the child has already been in contact with law or if it's just a preventive action. If there is a problem, you can seek advice. The following problems are most common among…
08 February 2022

"I refused to leave home"

"My name is Olya. I'm 17 years old. In the 7th grade, I already wore shoe size 42. That's why I always wore sneakers. And for my birthday, my mother allowed me to cut my hair short and dye it blue. A few days later, I found a fake page on the Internet, signed by a male name with my pictures there. Every day someone uploaded a new photo with my…, "No one will talk to you!", Cyberbullying (cyber – related to computers, information technologies, the Internet; bullying – insulting, intimidating) – is purposeful and systematic aggressive behavior towards the victim on social networks, online games, instant messengers and other online platforms. It's not just offensive insults on the Internet. Offenders can exclude the…, "I dare you!", The problem of cyberbullying and violence on the Internet has become even more relevant in the context of COVID19, when children, especially in the first stage of the pandemic, started spending much more time online. "The bullying that took place at school or in the neighborhood moved online," Dmitry Shilin continues to talk about the problem. "Of…, "This will be our secret", Children may not talk about their problems. But there are signs that parents and close ones should pay attention to: ●      the child's behavior has changed dramatically; ●      they react irritably to a message on a smartphone; ●      they have deleted instant messengers or pages on social media; ●      they have become withdrawn, communicate…, Where to get help?, If you are experiencing online bullying or other problems, you can call the hotline for children and adolescents (24/7, anonymous and free of charge) 8 801 100 16 11. UNICEF Belarus, together with its partners, has prepared a lot of useful information that might help understand how to deal with cyberbullying, how to protect personal information…