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Whole school approach to children's health: Together for mental health and wellbeing

Project title Whole school approach to children's health: Together for mental health and wellbeing
Database Data manually inserted in the NDPHS Database
ID in the source database 1474
Thematic area
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Health Promotion, Education and Information
  • Mental Health
Topic Mental Health promotion at Schools
Project geographical area
  • Norway
  • Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions
  • Karelia Republic
  • Leningrad Oblast
  • Murmansk Oblast
  • St. Petersburg
  • Moscow
Lead partner (organisation) Adults for Children
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations NGO Sodeistvie
Start date 2018-06-01
End date 2019-06-30
Duration (months) 13
Target audience The target audience: professional social workers/pedagogues/psychologists from Moscow, Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg and Leningradskaya oblast and the Republic of Karelia, stakeholders, project partners. There will be agreements with municipalities on the programme implementation at schools as well as agreements with schools with their obligations to continue the work started after the project. Pedagogues and school administration will sign copyright agreements to guarantee authors rights on the forms provided by Voksne for Barn. The focus will be made on schools where Zippy's Friends proramme is going on as well as new schools in Moscow region and Saint-Petersburg. The final beneficiaries are young children (8-10 years old) and their families and the society as a whole in Moscow, Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg and Leningradskaya oblast and the Republic of Karelia. The direct beneficiaries are public bodies participating in the project: Petrozavodsk State University, Republican Centre of diagnostic and consulting, the Ministry of education of the Republic of Karelia, Saint-Petersburg Department of education, Murmansk Department of education. The direct beneficiaries are pilot schools in Moscow, Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg, Leningradskaya oblast and the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk and regions). The indirect and ultimate beneficiaries will be families with children as well as the population of Moscow, Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg, Leningradskaya oblast and the Republic of Karelia.
Summary to be filled out by Ilona
Background According to 2004 data from WHO, neuropsychiatric disorders for 10 to 24 year olds ranked as the first cause of Years Lived with Disability (YLDs), with a prevalence of 45%. The recent report on Suicidal Behaviour (WHO, 2014b) reveals that suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age range 15-29 years worldwide. Mental and behavioural disorders during childhood and adolescence also lead to higher rates of adult mental disorders including common mental disorders, schizophrenia and mania, substance misuse, suicidal behaviour and personality disorders (Fergusson et al., 2005; Colman et al., 2009). Good mental health, therefore, is key for economic growth and social development and creating smart, sustainable, inclusive growth. High quality education that promotes the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of children is seen as being core to breaking the cycle of disadvantage.
Objectives The purpose of the project is to train professionals working with families (psychologists, social pedagogues, pedagogues) on the new approach. Ultimately, the project aims to raise wellbeing of children giving them skills for the rest of their lives.
Specific objectives/indicators The project aims to: 1) improve mental health (psychological/emotional well-being) of children aged 8-10 years old by means of Apple's Friends programme - an evidence based intervention intended to improve educational outcomes, healthier lifestyle and reduce health risk behaviour in future/indicators:set of materials translated and printed for 100 teachers and 3000 children; licence for 4 NWRussian regions received; 7 NWRussian trainers trained in Norway (Oslo); 100 NWRussian teachers trained; 3000 children trained 2) provide a structural framework for the collaboration between the health, education and social sectors for the promotion of mental well-being, prevention and treatment of mental and behavioural disorders of children and adolescents, with a special focus on the interventions carried out in the school setting/indicators: 12 actors from educational, social and health fields from 4 NWRussian regions take part in the project; 3) support parents through a system of trainings in the framework of parents meetings at school organized by a class teacher (at least 5-6 meetings during a study year) to gain key competencies on how to play a more active role in the promotion of the mental well-being of their children and adolescents: to build their sense of identity, establish interpersonal relationships, and develop skills such as motivation, resilience and self-control/indicators: 3000 parents take part in 5 sessions at 100 schools in 4 NWRussian regions. 4) to promote the “Whole School Approach” as a multi-component approach involving a wide range of people, agencies, methods and levels of intervention, and mobilising the whole school as an organisation with mental health and well-being of teachers and school staff as a key consideration/monitoring Dec'18-May'19; external supervision Jan'19-Apr'19; 10 theatrical performances in 4 NWRussian regions; final seminar May'19 for 100 participants; project web-site.
Results The measures and benefits of the project are: 1. A team of trainers from Moscow, Murmansk, Saint- Petersburg, Leningradskaya oblast and Karelia is trained by representatives of Voksne for Barn; 2. Teachers in these areas are trained by Russian trainers. 3. A set of materials on international "Apple's Friends" programme for the further use is published; 4. Programme is implemented in pilot schools in Moscow, Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg, Leningrad region and Karelia; 5. Network between Norwegian and Russian professionals is established. A network co-operation between NGO Voksne for Barn, Russian NGO “Sodeistvie”, Petrozavodsk State University, Ministry of education of the Republic of Karelia, Children's rights Ombudsmen and pilot schools will be established; 6. A new experience of Norwegian- Russian co-operation in the field of children support is disseminated in North-West Russia and worldwide through the final seminar in Petrozavodsk. Programme can be disseminated through Russian Federation by the trained teachers and is available through the project web-site for all interested persons. All the project activities are reflected by the project web-site. 7. Theatrical performances presented by students of Karelian college of art for children in Oslo (in English), Saint-Petersbourg, Petrozavodsk will promote interest to the mental health promotion for children. Russia will benefit from the project thanks to improvement and new methods of family-centered social work and child protection have been developed in Norway and internationally. The action aims to introduce the new tool in Russia. This means enhancing the well-being of Russian families. Norwegian benefit is to establish new contact in educational and social fields as well as to develop the intervention scheme in new cultural setting.
Total foreseen budget EUR 76,932
Total implementation costs
(for completed projects, if available)
no data
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2017-09-28
Financing agencies / organisations Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway
Project's URL / project's website no data
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information no data
Last posted: on 2017-09-29 at 08:44:13

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