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@ease at school

@ease at school

We’re very happy to help increase knowledge and openness about psychological problems. We want to avoid that youngsters have to deal with their problems on their own and experience a worsening of their problems. That’s why we strive to make psychological and social problems accessible at school

During our educational sessions at schools, (health) professionals and trained volunteers from @ease discuss frequently experienced psychological problems in an easy-going manner with the students. We inform, normalize, and let youngsters know where they can turn to in case they ever experience any problems. In this way we’re able to provide help for youth that need it.

We’re happy to educate teachers and parents about @ease and the results of our scientific studies. This session is suited for everyone interested in the teenage brain and who wants to know what struggles youngsters face when looking for and finding psychological help.

During specific school events we can set up an information stand in order to inform youngsters about @ease. In addition, we also bring our flyers, posters, and other promotional material to the school with us, so that students can be informed. If you want, you can also download these materials yourself and spread them around. Click here for the promotional material.

Interested?

The educational sessions by @ease for schools are free of charge, but of course we appreciate donations to @ease. That way we can invest in the training of more volunteers and provide a listening ear for more youngsters.

If your school is in the region of our locations, please contact the relevant @ease location, in order to schedule an informational session. For other questions and locations, you can send a message to @ease.

A student who’s experiencing some problems?

Mentors, teachers, health coordinators or deans often signal quickly when a student isn’t doing well. Professional help isn’t always immediately necessary and can scare the student away. A conversation with same-age peers at @ease can be an easy first step in the search for support. It gives a sense of relief, they feel heard and know that they’re not alone. On top of that it can help to avoid a worsening of the problems.

Bridging the waiting list for professional help

Sometimes problems amongst the youth can be so severe that they are signed up for professional help. That’s when they land in a long waiting list. Often nothing happens in the meantime. @ease can also provide help in those situations. We’ve noticed that conversations at @ease can often help to take off some of the pressure, so the waiting periods can be bridged.

Referring to @ease

Provide assistance as a teaching- or healthcare professional by informing students about the possibility of talks with @ease volunteers. @ease is for youngsters with beginning problems, but also for youngsters with more serious problems or youngsters that are waiting for professional help. There are also young people who find it helpful to talk to our volunteers while receiving professional help. That’s all possible. Everyone between the ages of 12-25 years is welcome and can come back as often as needed. There’s no need to make an appointment.

For many youngsters it’s important to know that the talks are free and anonymous. Parental permission isn’t required, and we don’t keep any files. Everything that’s discussed at @ease is confidential and stay at @ease. However, it is possible to sit down with youngsters and see if more help is possible. For these situations an @ease healthcare professional (for example a psychologist or youth doctor) is present at the location. There is also a psychiatrist who’s reachable in case of a crisis situation.

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