Non-Formal Education Against Mental Health Stigma — Romania


Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course

Dates: 1—10 April 2022

Venue: Manastirea Humorului, near Gura-Humorului, Suceava county, Romania

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Participating countries: Romania, Czech Republic, Armenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Tunisia

Hosting organisation: AR Vocational and Investment Solutions

Project report:

Hola! Welcome to Romania! Welcome to the world full of happy people, fun, friendship and honesty. It was my pleasure to travel to Romania (Monastirea Humorului) on the 1th April. We were really excited about the project “Non-formal Education Againts Mental Ilness Stigma” that ended on the 10st April. There were people from each country: the Romania, Armenia, Czech republic, Latvia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. 

Thanks to the perfect preparation and organization of our leaders – Anka, Isabela, Ieronym and Miruna we were able to create a wonderful team without any single mistake! During a lot of activities we got to know each other better and better and thanks to many group works, we were able to cooperate quite easily. We were dealing, for example with mental disorders stigma, social or personal experience activities of experimentation of the methods and stategies. Psychologist Miruna introduces us to the scientific competence of mental disorders (manifestation, effects), the causes and effect od stigmatizazion. She learned us solutions to combat stigmatization, how to organize an intervention program. Presentation of our results allowed us to practice English and move our level a little bit higher!

Moreover, we experienced quite a lot from Romanian vital culture – UNESCO monasteria Voronet, great Romanian traditional food, drinks and we had a lot of opportunities to explore Muntii Rarau – limestone mountain range in north Romania with cloven cliffs, remote views, mountain meadows, abundant vegetation as well as narrow ravine. .

Considering it all in all, this project had something special in itself. Everything was so calm, pretty and amazing, like somewhere in the dream. What is glorious is the cooperation between nations, realizing that the mental disorders stigma problems are basically the same and the most important thing is the fact that concept of stigmatization of those mental disorders can to make the situation better. During the project the art team have created course movie, the technical teams have created the mini – guide brochure for youth workers and blog of the project. For all of us this was only the beginning. Now, when we are back home we can try to realize our ideas and be happy if any of them will come true. We can start with creating a lot of beautiful things or we can use education as the most powerful weapon to change the world. Everything is up to us!

To sum it up, if there is no EYCB as the great group allowing a lot of people to do amazing things EYCB would have to be invented! Thank a lot every single person allowing these projects to happen!

                                                                                                                             Martin Zeman


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