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…
01 July 2022

How to support a child in crisis situations and get through a difficult time

When you face a crisis situation, it seems impossible to find the right words to explain to your children what is happening. We have compiled recommendations for parents on how to deal with a child in an emergency., How can I protect my child when I'm scared?, Fear is a natural reaction to an unusual situation. Both for parents and for the child. It's okay to say you're scared too. This way you will let your children know that you are going through this together. In such moments, children should be given an opportunity to share their feelings frankly and speak as honestly as possible. Children are good…, We were forced to leave our home. How can I explain it to my child? , Remember that it's okay if you don't have all the answers. If you had to leave your home, be honest about not being sure if you're coming back. You can tell your child: "We are now away from home. But please know that there are people around us who are trying their best to restore peace. And we hope we can go home, but we don't know when." If you…, We were separated from our loved ones. What should I tell my child?, Let your child know that a loved one is doing everything possible to return to them. You can be honest: you don't have an answer right now. But you use every opportunity to learn more. And you will tell them as soon as you know something. If possible, try calling or texting other family members. If this is not possible, write letters that can be…, One of our loved ones was killed. How should I tell my child about it?, If one of your loved ones has died, the most important thing is not to hide the truth and not delay the painful conversation. It's natural to want to protect your child, but it's best to be honest. Use the words "died" or "passed away" instead of "fell asleep forever", "gone/left". Children perceive everything as it is: if a loved one "left", then…, We heard a lot of explosions. What can I do for my children? , Talk to your child honestly, choosing words appropriate for their age. Discuss your actions if the explosions repeat. You can say: "There will be very loud noises that we will hear, and when this happens, we will move to a safe place and stay there for a while. When the sounds are very loud and scary, we will hug and remember how much fun we had…, What should I do and how can I explain to my children the terrible violence that is happening all around us?, It is important to reassure the child that this is not a normal situation and that it rarely happens. And now many adults are doing everything for the safety of the world around you. No matter how the child shows his feelings and emotions, there is no need to shame them. Also, do not reproach the child if they are cheerful, laugh and behave in a…
05 May 2022

"Here is my story – you are not the only one"

In the beginning Tanya's future didn't look very promising. In the maternity hospital, the girl's heart stopped and Ekaterina, her mother, had an emergency cesarean. Tanya was being resuscitated for a long time, and then artificial lung ventilation was being applied. Doctors told Ekaterina that the girl had Down syndrome, and they recommended that…, "Parents themselves often do not know how to behave with a child with the syndrome", When Tanya was 2.5 months old, we went to an Early Intervention Center in Minsk. It was the first time there that I heard: "Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!" It gave me goosebumps. It was the first time I realized I was a mother. Now, when mothers of children with the syndrome turn to me, I first of all congratulate them on the birth…, Here is my story, Tanya was born when I was still very young – 20 years old. It was a planned pregnancy. Both my husband and I were prepared for it: we did all the tests, took vitamins, etc. All ultrasound check-ups were perfect. I learned about the syndrome only after Tanya was born. I stayed in hospital for pregnancy complications and suddenly Tanya's heart…, "Who else can do it, but you?", I did not plan to lead the Down Syndrome. Inclusion. organization. I did not see myself either as a leader or as an advocate for someone's interests, except for my child's. I was absorbed by Tanya. My whole life revolved around my daughter and the topic of the syndrome. But both the parents and the specialists whom I spoke with said: "Ekaterina,…, What we managed to achieve, We have achieved a lot in 5 years. About 15 children found their families. They were initially abandoned in maternity hospitals by their biological parents. We worked closely with maternity hospitals, foster homes, and with these parents – and the families took the children back. For me, as a mother, it is the biggest victory. In addition,…
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…