ENYA 2018 “Let’s Talk Young, Let’s Talk About Mental Health!” Project
The ENYA 2018 "Let's Talk Young, Let's Talk About Mental Health!" child participation project aims at looking how child mental health is addressed in the different countries through the eyes of involved children and young people.
Young people from ten ENOC countries/regions-Azerbaijan, Belgium (FR), Basque country (Spain), Catalonia (Spain), Cyprus, Georgia, Italy, Malta, Northern Ireland (UK) and Scotland (UK) took part in the project. Participating ENOC member institutions used different methodologies to recruit and involve young people and explored different child participation tools and methods to collect and reflect young people's views and opinions. During the period February-June 2018, country teams conducted between six and ten physical meetings with the young people using different formats: group discussions with relevant experts in the field, arts, writing and singing songs, setting up different plays and stories, visiting a specialised museum on mental health...Thus, the young people had the chance to explore different areas closely connected to child mental health such as, among others: the role of school, parents, peers and the community for early detection, prevention and awareness raising of child mental health; combating stigma surrounding child mental health; the role of media and public authorities, etc.
At the final stage of countries' activities, participating young people elected two representatives (per country/region) who, accompanied by the ENYA country Coordinator, participated in the ENYA 2018 Forum that took place on 28-29 June 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, thanks to the kind hospitality of the Catalan Deputy Ombudsperson on Children's Rights. Eighteen young people, nine ENYA Coordinators, the ENOC Coordinator and Ombudspersons and Commissioners for Children from Catalonia, France and Scotland met over the two days event. During the ENYA Forum, country/region teams had the opportunity to present their country activities, participated in a creative musical workshop based on the theme of child mental health and lead by the Catalan musical group Les Macedonia, and discussed and agreed on a set of common recommendations on the main theme. At the final evaluation session, young people expressed views on what participating in this project has brought to them as an experience and what they would like to change in order to improve the process for next year's participants. It has also been announced that one young participant per country/region who has participated in the Barcelona meeting will attend the ENOC 22nd Annual Conference on Child Mental Health taking place on 19-21 September 2018 in Paris, France where the ENYA group will animate a full working session to present the work and outcomes of its annual activities.