11 October 2021

Beyond smiles. How are you really?

What is mental health?, “Mental health is a part of physical health - we cannot afford to continue to view it as otherwise. For far too long, in rich and poor countries alike, we have seen too little understanding and too little investment in a critical element of maximizing every child’s potential. This needs to change.”    - Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. …, What are the challenges?, “When we ignore the mental health of children, we undercut their capacity to learn, work, build meaningful relationships and contribute to the world. We should break the silence on mental health, promote understanding, take seriously the experiences of children and young people, and tackle stigma.” – Christina de Bruin, UNICEF Representative in…, Why is it important to change it?, The most common reason why teenagers in Bulgaria do not seek professional help when they have strong negative emotions is anxiety or shame (63% of the respondents) or not knowing where to look for help (17%), show the results from a survey of U-Report Bulgaria . To cope, most often young people try either not to supress their emotions (41%) or…, Our solution, Платформа в подкрепа на психичното здраве на децата и младежите у нас In order to support the children and teenagers in Bulgaria, together with our donors and partners, we plan to develop a 2-stage national programme to support adolescent mental health in the next 2 years: I. A s elf-care mobile app and online platform for teenagers, which aims to…, Our Partners, State institutions and international organisations: National Centre for Public Health and Analyses Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria State Agency for Child Protection Ministry of Youth and Sports WHO Office in Bulgaria Non-governmental organisations: Roditeli Association  Child and Space Organisation Animus Association Foundation  Social…
04 December 2020

Youth with disabilities and leisure time: are culture and sports accessible?

Today is the International Day of Disabled Persons. The United Nations’ focus on mainstreaming persons with disabilities is quite prominent in the last years. One of the steps of substantial value in this regard is the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, initiated in 2019. According to the World Health Organization, the number of persons with…, What is recreation and leisure time?, Leisure time activities can be associated with fitness, gardening, attending cultural events (Mansfield L. 2020). Recreation is an action which we don’t “have to do” but we extract pleasure from it. Currently, young people value recreation which can also be done alone. But these are areas of recreation which are inaccessible for a lot of young…, Youth with disabilities and cultural events, Infrastructure and architectural features are of greatest importance for people with disabilities. When we talk about public buildings, we usually focus on the steepness and width of the ramps, the lifts and the accessibility of toilets. But when it comes to theaters, cinemas, concert halls, stadiums, youth and culture centers, we have to consider…, Participation in sports and entertainment, The second part of the CRPD priority we are focused on is participating in recreation. In the case of a young blind person in a night club we have the problem of the very loud sound attacking the hearing (which is the main sensory channel for that person). The feeling is the same as being constantly dazzled by headlights. And because this is a…, The COVID-19 effect, COVID-19 is a reason to have larger amounts of formats and experiences online. If we take a look at the cases we made above, we will find that the architectural limits, the noise levels and the fast stream of information are not a problem now. The young wheelchair users can perform or attend any event with much less planning, tension and efforts.…, Recreation and leisure time activities in a post-COVID world, After COVID-19 we will inevitably get back to a lot of physical events. We can further invest in the accessibility of our parks, cultural institutions, sport sites and shopping centers. We can make long and tiring campaigns about the need for the same internet games for young people with and without disabilities, so that they can actually play…