10/10/2023

#OnMyMind: Five ways UNICEF supplies support positive mental health

UNICEF’s life-saving supplies play a crucial role in protecting the mental health of children and youths in conflicts, health emergencies and disasters. These supplies help them build nurturing relationships and create a stimulating environment for their psychosocial wellbeing. These are particularly important when access to quality services and…, The MindMe Kit: Promoting positive mental health for every child in emergencies, UNICEF is developing MindMe, a research-based, innovative kit dedicated to mental health support for children and adolescents in emergencies. The kit is designed to equip children, adolescents and caregivers with essential and evidence-based tools and techniques. It aims to help children to express their emotions safely and encourages sharing and…, Syria: Fostering healing and resilience, Across Syria, UNICEF has been working with supplies to provide mental health and psychosocial support to children who have experienced conflict, insecurity and other forms of extreme adversity in the country. By using tools like puppets, trained facilitators enable playful learning about mental health and emotions, especially the uncomfortable…, Children in Aleppo enjoying a puppet show organized by a UNICEF-supported child protection team after the 2023 earthquake. The team organized recreational activities including puppet shows for children, to provide psychosocial support and alleviate the distress caused by traumatic experiences., UNICEF/UN0791661/Nader UNICEF staff playing with puppets in front of children Syria-UN084542-2023, On 15 February 2023, Children participating in recreational and Psychological First Aid activities at a shelter in Lattakia city, Syria. These activities, which involve puppets, plays and songs, aim to help displaced children express their feelings. This shelter accommodates families who have been forced to leave their homes due to the devastating…, UNICEF/UN0804542/Issa Staff playing with puppets in front of children Syria-UN0801172-2023, UNICEF-supported volunteers put on a puppet show for children who are displaced by the earthquakes. This is part of a psychosocial support activity at Stamo collective shelter in Stamo village, rural Lattakia, northwest Syria, on 20 February 2023. Over a hundred people sought refuge at the shelter after the earthquakes hit parts of Syria a few…, UNICEF/UN0801172/Issa UNICEF staff playing with puppets in front of children UNICEF staff playing with puppets in front of children Staff playing with puppets in front of children, Mexico: Enabling emotional expression, In Tapachula , Mexico, UNICEF has teamed up with partners to develop and distribute psychosocial kits to support migrant children, including unaccompanied ones, in overcoming adverse situations along the migratory route and addressing ongoing stressors they encounter. The kits facilitate activities like mask creation that encourage children to…, Three-year-old girl wearing a mask created as part of an activity called The Game (La Jugaretta) at the Temporary Shelter for Separated or Unaccompanied Migrant Girls and Adolescents (Albergue Temporal para Niñas y Adolescentes Migrantes Separados o No Acompañados) in Tapachula, Mexico., UNICEF/UN0436874/Guerrero VII Photo A girl decorating a mask as part of an activity Mexico-UN0436866-2021 UNICEF/UN0436866/Guerrero VII Photo Children playing with masks Mexico-UN0436876-2021, On 23 March 2021 in Mexico girl plays with UNICEF teacher Jenny Cruz Diaz, wearing masks and hand puppets created as part of an activity called The Game (La Jugaretta) at the Temporary Shelter for Separated or Unaccompanied Migrant Girls and Adolescents (Albergue Temporal para Niñas y Adolescentes Migrantes Separados o No Acompañados) in Tapachula., UNICEF/UN0436876/Guerrero VII Photo child with a mask Mexico-UN0436864-2021, Girl, 17, wears a mask created as part of an activity called The Game (La Jugaretta) at the Temporary Shelter for Separated or Unaccompanied Migrant Girls and Adolescents (Albergue Temporal para Niñas y Adolescentes Migrantes Separados o No Acompañados) in Tapachula, UNICEF/UN0436864/Guerrero VII Photo Girl with a teacher A girl decorating a mask as part of an activity Children playing with masks child with a mask, Uganda: Strengthening socio-emotional development, In Uganda, together with the government, UNICEF launched the Life Skills Toolkit. Developed based on the Adolescent Kit , this Toolkit provides structured life skills sessions for adolescents in and out of schools, including refugee and internally displaced youths, who often face disruptions to their education. These activities foster social…, Türkiye: Providing supportive and responsive care, In response to the catastrophic earthquakes in southeast Türkiye, UNICEF has been at the frontline supplying essentials for children, including the Recreational Kits. Each kit includes psychosocial tools like the emotion cube that has 16 emojis to help children express their feelings, when words are hard to find. The Recreational Kit also…